Zack Gottsagen, a 33-year-old Boynton Beach actor with Down syndrome, stars alongside Dakota Johnson, Shia LaBeouf and WWE legend Mick Foley in an upcoming feature film, The Peanut Butter Falcon. Gottsagen plays a role that was specifically created for him—a young man with a genetic disorder who runs away from home in hopes of becoming a pro wrestler. Performing all his own stunts despite being offered a stunt double, Gottsagen hopes the movie will help shift the audience’s perception on people with Down syndrome.
According to The Palm Beach Post, Gottsagen prepared for his role in part by watching wrestling with LaBeouf, who credits his co-star’s honesty for helping him through tough times. When he isn’t busy with acting, Gottsagen works as an usher at Alco Capital Theater in Boynton Beach. See more at luckytreehouse.com/thepeanutbutterfalcon.