Mauro Ranallo wishes to change the perception of mental illness.
On May 25th, Showtime will be premiering a documentary about professional wrestling and combat sports commentator Mauro Ranallo. The documentary will showcase the hardship of Ranallo as someone with a bi-polar disorder. Ranallo told TV Insider why he chose now to do the film.
“I thought it would be the perfect time to show my story, and my story represents millions of others. It’s not about Mauro Ranallo the announcer and my career or what I’ve done in terms of my profession. It’s about a human being who has refused to give up fighting regardless of what he has had to endure. And if I can do it, we all can,” said Ranallo.
During the interview, Ranallo said those with mental illnesses are not as visible as people with other afflictions. He sees himself as an example of how mental illness should be seen.
“I do wear my condition not as a badge of honor by any means, but there is a gift as well as a curse with what I’ve had to deal with. That is why we should be celebrating them rather than stigmatizing because many millions of people who suffer are some of the most empathetic, brilliant people on the planet. It’s time," said Ranallo.
The full interview with Ranallo is available at TVInsider.com.