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A glitzy Hollywood premiere for film inspired by and starring a Down Syndrome actor

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Published on August 2, 2019 - Duration: 01:19s

A glitzy Hollywood premiere for film inspired by and starring a Down Syndrome actor

"The Peanut Butter Falcon" may have an unusual title for a film, but it also has one of the most unusual backstories.

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A glitzy Hollywood premiere for film inspired by and starring a Down Syndrome actor

The film follows actor Zack Gottsagen's character Zak as he escapes his home to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional wrestler.

On his travels, he begins an unlikely friendship with a small-time crook, played by Shia LaBeouf.

Despite this being co-directors and writers Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz first feature film, they persisted and their gamble appears to have paid off.

The film currently has 100% on the review website rottentomatoes.com.

When Gottsagen arrived at the premiere, he called out to his co-star, LaBeouf, and the pair embraced in front of photographers.

Gottsagen previously said at the SXSW festival, where the film won the Audience Award, that he helped LaBeouf overcome his demons after the actor was arrested in Savannah, Georgia for being drunk and disorderly whilst filming "The Peanut Butter Falcon".

LaBeouf said on the red carpet "He's one year older than me.

He's like an older brother in that way.

He gives me good advice and he's an incredible actor and my whole performance is this man, period." He wasn't the only actor affected by Gottsagen on the set.

Dakota Johnson, who plays a nurse from the home and is sent to find Zak, admitted she was in a similar place to LaBeouf when she started on the production."I was in kind of a tricky place in my life and he just totally exploded me out of a weird darkness," she said.

Gottsagen is one of the first Down Syndrome actors to have a lead role in a Hollywood movie.

"The Peanut Butter Falcon" goes on release in the U.S. on August 9.

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