Actor RJ Mitte will attend the Las Cruces International Film Festival as a celebrity presenter and will be inducted, during the festival, into the New Mexico Film and Television Hall of Fame.
Mitte is best known for his performance as Walter “Flynn” White Jr. in AMC’s highly acclaimed and widely popular dramatic thriller “Breaking Bad.” Mitte played the disabled teenage son of a high school science teacher turned drug dealer, played by Bryan Cranston. The series was filmed and took place in Albuquerque.
The Las Cruces film festival, presented by New Mexico State University and Visit Las Cruces, will transform the community into the “Hollywood of the Southwest” from March 7-11. The festival will be host to various celebrities, filmmakers, workshops, and VIP events and parties, according to Executive Director Ross Marks.
Mitte’s is the first-star appearance to be announced.
At age 3, Louisiana native Mitte was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, much like his character on “Breaking Bad.” Though Mitte has a mild case of the same condition, he had to do what all actors do: Research the character and even relearn many of the challenges he had endured as a child in order to convey a more pronounced version of the palsy.
Following his “Breaking Bad” success, Mitte was thrust into the spotlight as the celebrity face and model of GAP International’s 2014 “Lived in Spring” campaign. He also serves as an ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy and Shriners Hospitals for Children.
He is the celebrity face for the #CutTheBull campaign launched October 2014 in support of children with disabilities and was a featured panelist at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival discussing diversity in Hollywood and a lack of handicapped artists.
Mitte’s screen credits include roles on Showtime’s “Weeds,” NBC’s “Vegas,” and CW’s “Everybody Hates Chris.” He’s also played leading roles in film, including “Dixieland,” “Who’s Driving Doug” and “The Recall.”