A Broadway actor who just about misplaced his sight in a brutal random attack at a Manhattan subway station is celebrating his restoration — by returning to the spotlight.
After the current course of worthwhile eye surgical process, Alex Weisman, 33, hit the small show display screen Tuesday exhibiting in NBC’s medical drama “New Amsterdam,” barely beneath 5 months after the hurt.
The perform, coincidentally, involved a medical trauma of its private: Weisman carried out a Superman character in Times Square who will get hit by a bus.
“I was filming a story about healthcare workers in the midst of the pandemic,” Weisman suggested The Post. “I got to celebrate people who work in hospitals, which was fitting.”
Weisman, who was moreover a genuine stable member of Broadway’s “Harry Potter and The Cursed Child,” has saved an optimistic outlook since being sucker-punched by a stranger closing November.
The suspect behind the battering on the 103rd Street station on the Upper West Side was in no way found, Weisman said. But he refuses to dwell on that darkish day: “That person has nothing to do with my life.”
Weisman acknowledged that, as an actor, his face is his livelihood. In the occasions following the attack, he felt fearful he may in no way work throughout the enterprise as soon as extra.
But docs at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai labored swiftly to restore the damage.
“They were quick and efficient,” he said. “They understood the nuance of my situation and that I needed my face to work in the theater.”
One of them, retina surgeon Dr. Gareth Lema, suggested The Post that the affected individual’s hurt was excessive. However, he added that he was fortunate on account of the retinal tear had not detached from the center of his creativeness and prescient.
“We decided on a minimally invasive procedure where we basically lasered the retina and walled off the part that was detached,” said the expert.
The redness was saved to a minimum allowing Weisman to submit his audition tape for “New Amsterdam” merely two weeks after the shocking assault, which occurred when the individual approached him out of the blue.
“My agent sent me the audition and was like, ‘No pressure,’ but I knew it was important to get on camera and see what I looked like,” recalled the actor, whose earlier film roles embrace appearances in 2018’s “An Acceptable Loss” and 2020’s “Black Box.”
“I despatched it over with an apology, saying, ‘I’m so sorry if I look horrible, let me know.’
“And they had been like: ‘Shut up. It’s nice. You’re nice.’”
After nailing the audition, filming took place over three-and-a-half weeks in January when, on his days off, he’d go to the precise hospital for mounted check-ups on his eye.
“I have a tiny blind spot, some floaters, and some glare when looking at screens,” he said. “But I count myself lucky.”
Now that his career is up and working as soon as extra, he’s keen to save further roles every on TV and Broadway — and he’s not alone in that pleasure. The theater world is about to as a minimum partially re-open after Labor Day in September 2021 after going darkish in March 2020.
“I’m hopeful,” Weisman said. “Since the age of 7, I don’t suppose I’ve gone for 2 weeks without seeing a play or being in a single.
As for utilizing the subway, the attack hasn’t put him off one iota — no matter a rise throughout the number of random assaults taking place in New York.
“I’m not going to let one dangerous day make me afraid of the practice for the remainder of my life.”