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Actor Daveed Diggs went back to his teaching roots for Wonder

Former Hamilton star Daveed Diggs returned to his roots to play a teacher in Wonder.
The actor used to teach middle school poetry classes before rising to fame, and he had an interesting way of getting his students to learn the material.
“I ended up designing a bunch of rap-based curriculum for the (San Francisco) Bay Area middle schools,” he told U.S. breakfast show Today. “I would go into schools and work with English and Social Studies teachers and design curriculum for their year based on what they’re studying, and figure out ways to tie in rap music to the stuff (they were learning).”
Wonder centres on a young boy with a facial deformity who enters into elementary school for the first time in the fifth grade.
Diggs reveals director Stephen Chbosky kept Jacob Tremblay’s onscreen transformation under wraps before shooting his character August Pullman’s classroom entrance, because he wanted his movie classmates’ reactions to the 11-year-old’s facial prosthetics be authentic.
“All the reactions you see in the film are the children’s honest reactions to how he looked,” Diggs explained. “Everybody reacted the same way that you do in the film, I think eventually you realise that the amazing thing about Auggie and about Jacob is not how he looks, it’s about what an incredible person (he is).”
Wonder, based on the bestselling novel of the same name by R. J. Palacio, also stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as August’s concerned parents.

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