Boy with dwarfism who begged kids to stop bullying him will star in a Hollywood film

In the newest installment of the Mad Max movie series, dwarfed Indigenous youngster Quaden Bayles, whose struggle with bullying made headlines across the globe, will make an appearance.

Following the prologue to his 2015 post-apocalyptic action blockbuster Fury Road, director George Miller has given the now 11-year-old a tiny part in his next film Furiosa.

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After Quaden’s mother, Yarraka Bayles, shared a disturbing video of her kid on Facebook in February 2020, Miller said in an interview with Good Weekend how he was inspired to place Quaden in front of the camera.

In the video, Quaden, who was tormented at school and was born with achondroplasia, a kind of dwarfism, was shown weeping hysterically and pleading for a knife to end his life.

Beginning the five-minute video, Ms. Bayles stated: ‘I just picked my son up from school, witnessed a bullying episode, rang the principal and I want people to know this is the effect bullying has. This is what bullying does. 

‘So can you please educate your children, your families, your friends because all it takes is one more instance… and you wonder why kids are killing themselves.

‘We try to be as strong as positive as possible and only share the highlights… but this is how bullying affects a nine-year-old kid.’ 

Celebrities from all around the world were drawn to the viral video and joined Quaden and his family in their battle against bullying.

The famous actor Jackman tweeted a video in which he told Quaden, ‘Quaden, you are stronger than you know, mate. And no matter what, you’ve got a friend in me.’

The Wolverine actor went on to urge his fans to ‘please be kind to each other.’

The Queensland child was already confirmed as an extra in Miller’s next film Three Thousand Years of Longing, which also stars Idris Ilba and Tilda Swinton.

But Miller has also cast Quaden in the 2024 film Furiosa, which stars Anya Taylor-Joy in the lead role.