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Emily Blunt wants to make a movie about a stutterer for an important reason

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A Quiet Place star Emily Blunt has revealed that she wants to make a movie about stuttering after suffering from the condition herself when she was younger.

The actress, who is married to John Krasinski, has previously said that the speech impediment "nearly made her mute" from the age of ten.

Now, appearing on BBC's Womans Hour, Blunt has revealed that she wants to make a movie featuring a character with a stutter because, "People enjoy poking fun at it without understanding the trauma of living with it."

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"You're constantly sort of doing gymnastics," she said of living with a stutter. "You can sense ahead: 'Oh, that word's going to trip me up or I'm going to get stuck on that one, I'll switch it for something else.'

"That is something I don't even realise I do now. You've got to sort of wrap your arms around this part of yourself..."

Blunt then added: "The one thing I would absolutely love to do is make a movie about a stutterer, and it's something that I'm quite passionate about, just to de-stigmatise it.

"The inability to speak will limit you in ways that are, as someone who speaks fluently, pretty unimaginable. There's so much shame about it, because there's not enough information that is neurological."

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Blunt, who has two daughters, recently announced that following the worldwide success of World War II biopic Oppenheimer, she'd be taking a break from acting to focus on her family.

"This year, I'm not working. I worked quite a bit last year and my oldest baby is nine, so we're in the last year of single digits," she explained on an episode of iHeart's Table for Two podcast.

"And I just feel [like] there are cornerstones to their day that are so important when they're little."

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