A number of posts have discussed the portrayal of ASD in popular culture. "The Story of Luke" is a new movie about an autistic adult. Variety reports:
“I wanted something entertaining that’s not too heavy so the movie has comedic and romantic elements,” said scribe-helmer Alonso Mayo. “Too many movies have the hard drama on this topic and are very depressing. In my experience, I saw a lot of hope, laughter and happiness. I wanted people to see a side they haven’t seen before. It’s not just something to be scared about.”
Even though Lou Taylor Pucci’s character shares the same disorder as Dustin Hoffman’s in “Rain Man,” Pucci took a different approach.
“The generalities are all there,” he explained, “their inability to focus, their repetition of ritual. But I needed to create a totally fictional character out of nowhere. What it ended up being was a morph of four different families with an autism member I had met who helped create somebody just for me to play.”