Being born without legs and only one arm might seem like a considerable limitation, but 17-year-old Nick Santonastasso, a New Jersey high school student, hasn’t let it slow him down.
Santonastasso has achieved a certain level of celebrity through viral videos on Vine and YouTube that show him acting as a zombie and scaring the beejesus out of unsuspecting shoppers. For example:
Now, Santonastasso has hopes of making the transition from the Internet to television with an appearance on AMC’s hit zombie show “The Walking Dead.” An online petition currently sits just under 1,800 signatures.
Santonastasso recently appeared on TMZ Live, telling the gossip site that he was always into zombies and he created the Vine videos because he wanted to do something he would “be the best at.” He said people have been inspired and entertained by his videos. As for appearing on The Walking Dead, Santonastasso said he hasn’t been contacted, but he’s hopeful.
Santonastasso said he’s been criticized for putting himself on display as a “circus act.” He counters that he could be sad and sit around and talk about his disability, but he prefers to do something fun that reaches people. Santonastasso said he plans to keep making videos, so if you shop in New Jersey, look out.
And by the way, Santonastasso is also a high school wrestler, a skateboarder and hunter.