Local man with Down syndrome awarded film role


by Johnny Archer


Posted on October 5, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 6 at 12:52 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A local man has just been cast to play the main role in a major movie that will be filmed in Louisville.

The surprise was revealed during the Down syndrome Walk and Run at Waterfront Park Saturday morning.

With the announcement, a dream came true for a native Louisvillian.

“I was so nervous that I didn’t make the part for this movie,” actor David Desanctis said.

Desanctis is a 21-year-old from Louisville who has Down syndrome. It was his personality that caught the attention of a Hollywood movie producer.

“He’s just got that x-factor, that it factor and that loveable nature,” film producer Milan Chakraborty said. “He just exudes the confidence in a loving nature that I haven’t seen in other people.”

David will play the part of a child with Down syndrome who befriends a former baseball player in the movie Produce.

“I didn’t know the possibilities to get this role but somehow I did it because I’ve been acting my whole life,” Desanctis said.

The entire film will be shot in Louisville with production likely beginning at the end of October.

As for the Down syndrome walk, those with Down syndrome in Louisville say they’re at $170,00 raised and counting.