If you are a fan of the Equalizer movie series featuring Denzel Washington, you won’t want to miss a new short film by Equalizer 2 actor, Kazy Tauginas, that focuses on men and lupus.
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The challenges experienced by men living with a chronic illness isn’t a narrative we come across too often in society, butKazy Tauginas, is about to flip the script. Tauginas, who played bad-boy Ari opposite of Denzel Washington, is now showing off his advocate side in “Standing Eight,” a short film he wrote, co-produced and also stars in as the main character, Dusty.
The new film gives audiences a glimpse into the world of Dusty Abrams, a professional boxer whose world is about to dramatically change. After being diagnosed with Lupus shortly before a major fight, viewers watch Abrams retire from the sport in order to undergo treatment and better manage the disease. The film brings to light an often-misunderstood illness, showcasing not only the physical implications of Lupus but also the realities of chronic illness and how it can often root its way into every aspect of one’s life — career, relationships, finances, self-esteem, etc.
Released on Amazon earlier this week, “Standing Eight” comes just in time for Lupus Awareness Month, a month where Lupus advocates worldwide ramp up awareness efforts for a disease that affects around 5 million people across the globe.
Lupus is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that is often mislabeled as only a “woman’s disease.” Though current estimates state that 1.5 million Americans have lupus, with approximately 90 percent of those affected being women, there are around 150,000 men in the United States who currently live with the disease — a figure that while often ignored needs to be front and center.
Read my entire interview and piece on this movie here on Medium.