‘CSI’s’ Robert David Hall Re: Oscar Pistorius Controversy

“CSI’s” Robert David Hall is bemused by the controversy over South African runner Oscar Pistorius, who’ll begin his quest for Olympic Gold Saturday (8/4) — running on artificial limbs in the 400 meter sprint.

Talk that the technology that created Pistorius’ carbon fiber “Blade Runner” legs gives him an unfair advantage “cracks me up, because I walk on artificial legs,” says Hall.  “This guy runs on two artificial legs, and people have no idea how difficult it is.  Let me tell you — I’m not an Olympic athlete, but this guy had to run in Olympic qualifying time and he’s an amazing human being!  This guy has worked so hard.  He’s not getting any favors.  He’d much rather have his legs, I’m sure.  So would I.  But you deal with the cards you’re dealt.  I’m really proud of him.  I hope he has a great Olympics, and he means a lot to a lot of us who are amputees.”

Asked whether walking — and running — on artificial legs is painful, Hall shrugs.  “Well, you know, there’s pain in everything.”

We caught up with the actor and advocate for actors who have disabilities the CBS-CW-Showtime Star Party of this summer’s Television Critics Association

Press Tour.  At the sunlit soiree outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel, he told us that they’re already back at work on “CSI” — shooting Episode 1 of the series’ 13th season.

“I’m enjoying it so.  It’s a lot of fun.  Our producer was here at this party, and I was listening to her talk, and she said, ‘Oh, Dr. Robbins will be digging up a mass grave in the desert.’  I didn’t know this.”  He laughed.  “That’s why I come to these things, to find out what I’m going to be doing this year.”