Watch: The Inspirational Way a Screenwriter With Lou Gehrig's Disease Has to Write His Screenplays

Watch: The Inspirational Way a Screenwriter With Lou Gehrig's Disease Has to Write His Screenplays

Apr 09, 2013

If you’re a writer (or really, work in any profession at all) and find yourself complaining about how hard your life and job are, watch this incredible video and get a dose of perspective.

Screenwriter Scott Lew was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease back in 2004 – a horrible affliction that has left the scribe as a mute pentaplegic (which means he can’t move his limbs or neck). While many of us would give up all hope if we found ourselves in that situation, Lew has miraculously kept working – and his newest project, Sexy Evil Genius, is out on DVD and VOD today.

Lew’s situation is chronicled in a documentary entitled Jiujitsu-ing Reality, which is included on the disc. /Film got the honor of debuting the inspirational clip, which you can check out below.

Since Lew can’t move or speak, he must type every word of his script by using an infrared pointer attached to his head to select letters on a digital keypad. He has an assistant writer who helps speed up his writing process by guessing the words he’s writing as he adds letters. Talk about being dedicated to your craft…

The whole thing looks fascinating and inspiring – as you can see from the clip below. Remember Scott Lew the next time you’re telling yourself why it’s too hard to do something you love – if he an overcome the incredible challenges life has thrown at him and succeed, there’s no excuse you can come up with that compares. 

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