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Making a movie isn't child's play — even for a child actor. Throughout Hollywood history, kids in the industry have been called upon to act in harrowing roles that push the limits of their abilities, and according to some critics, the boundaries of good taste. Here are some of the most famous examples of underage actors in mature roles…
Dakota Fanning, Hounddog | 0:19
Natalie Portman, The Professional | 1:07
Kirsten Dunst, Interview with the Vampire | 1:45
Christian Bale, Empire of the Sun | 2:23
Macaulay Culkin, The Good Son | 3:03
Jodie Foster, Taxi Driver | 4:09
Olivia Hussey and Claire Danes, Romeo & Juliet | 4:43
Jacob Reynolds, Gummo | 5:26
Sue Lyon and Dominique Swain, Lolita | 6:14
The entire cast of Kids | 7:09
Brooke Shields, Pretty Baby and The Blue Lagoon | 7:39
Linda Blair, The Exorcist | 8:31
Tatum O'Neal, Paper Moon | 9:31
Chloe Moretz: Kick-Ass | 10:20
Read more here → http://www.looper.com/79139/movie-roles-mature-child-actors/
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The girl next door..the one movie even Stephen king sats he has trouble watching is a true story about a young girl being abused and tortured almost to death that's a little kids who's doing it and that's honestly way worse then half the movies you should on this list..
It's funny how there was outrage over movies like Hounddog; but that same rage is absent when tv shows like Law and Order use child likeness to portray crimes... My problem isn't so much with the story-line of the shows/films. My problem is that the producer of these are using a child's sexuality often as a way to make profits... Personally, I think those who produce films like Special Victims Unit (where children are use) are no different, in a way, of child pornographers. I think; such use of children in this way should be outlawed.
It used to be, people didn't think about how roles affected child actors. Then people became super aware of it, when usually it was something in their off-screen life, not the part, that lead to so many child actors developing issues. Now it's *usually* a good experience & kids aren't taken advantage of. The parents, managers & the company all agree to do what's needed to make sure any child chosen for an extreme role is kept from harm, physical & mental. The business wants to keep making money, so they consider it insurance as well as morally right because the actor, family & fans want assurances that children aren't being harmed for profit. Social media can really hurt a company nowadays if information should come out that precautions weren't taken & a child was hurt. So I wouldn't say that the roles were too mature for the actors, it's that a portion of the public was worried that it would be.
I loved the Good Son. Culkin & Wood both did excellent in their roles as the killer sociopath & the one that was frightened & had to figure out a way to stop him. They both handled it well & had no issues because of it. I loved Wood in Radio Flyer too, where he played the part of a troubled child having to deal with things a kid shouldn't.
There's plenty of kids that are professional and mature for their age, it's just sexual content that bothers me, go look up Shirley Temple and her early career, very disturbing, there are some pedos out there
I've always wondered about Miko Hughes, who was only three years old when he played the brought-back-from-the-grave-possessed little kid in Pet Sematary. The movie includes shots of him menacing and murdering people that couldn't have been done with fancy editing or a double. He was just old enough, at three, that doing those things would have been some of his earliest memories. I hope he came out sane.
Sorry like but films involving rape never make me feel better. They bring up bad memories so suddenly im often pushed to the point of being actually sick and shaking. Sometimes its so shocking and inexpected it seems crude and purely cruel to show.
why are the subtitles censored in weird ways? "taken", "ending", "relations"... hard of hearing and Deaf people deserve to be able to understand this video as it was intended. stop censoring subtitles when you don't censor audio.
I was surprised that when Leon - The professional was talked about, they didn't mention the orionally intended relationship between him a grown man and her a 12 year old girl who fell in love with the much older Hitman and him buying her a nice dress and stuff. Most of the scenes were cut from the cinema version yes, but they are still available on DVD and probably Blu Ray.
Don't get me wrong, I kinda liked the dynamic of this completely opposite duo added in the cut scenes, but it was still a surprise for me, that it wasn't mentioned here.
For some of these films, kids ARE going through the situations. We want to keep our kids young and sheltered, but these films are meant to show some of reality. They are supposed to make you feel uncomfortable. The public gossip is probably worse for the child actors than filming.
What I find interesting about this list is The maturity and the talent of these actors as children.
I mean Jesus the professional is one of the best movies I think I’ve ever seen. She plays the role so well it’s scary.
I remember when I watched The Good Son. Used to seeing Culkin in comedy, at first the audience laughed at the stuff he did, like when he throws the dummy off the bridge. When he threw his sister to the ice, there was absolute silence, as it finally dawned on the audience that this was no comedy. By the time he attacks his own mother the audience were gasping in shock.
Blair didn't fracture her spine in the levitation scene. In an interview on Eli Roth's Have History or Horror, Blair said her spine was fractured by faulty rigging in the scene where Regan sits up and lays back quickly and violently.
Because of this video, i've wrote a story called Young Superstar. It's a story about a young child actor who becomes famous when he portrays a mature role in a controversial film/movie. The boy was way too young but he pull off such a challenging role very greatly and proves his talent and versatility as an actor.
if they understand the role and don't have an issue doing it then i don't see what the problem is. from their perspective it's work. the only people being shocked are the audience and half the time that's the purpose of the film. not to mention that at this point in time a lot of people (unfortunately) are already having sex at 15. i think it would be worse to have younger people WATCHING than it is to have them acting in it. watching as a story you, for that 2 hours, believe in it's reality. that's where danger lies.
I feel like anyone who made a comment about these kids roles are just perpetuating the idea that if you’re not a fully developed adult you can’t be mature or handle anything. Y’all out here acting like younger people don’t go through a lot of the same things as adults.
Idk bout y'all but kids in my year were aleady yapping on about criminal minds episodes at the age of 7, I had puff of a cigarette at 8 out of curiosity, at age 9 me and my friends would go to the library and sneak out books about sex, drugs other "adult" topics out of the restricted section - which honestly just made society make a lot more sense to us the time....at age 10 I'd already had my first kiss and knew all the curse words due to my music/other kids....by 11 and 12 pretty much everyone I hung out with talked like they knew about gangs, racism, war, conspiracy theories, politics, rape, pedophilia and domestic violence....13/14/15 experimenting with drugs, sex, alcohol, parties, figuring out personal identity etc...and that was the norm for us, not sure if our parents could see beyond our innocent faces and the polite demeanor we liked to showcase around them....my point being, even if you try to shelter your children from sin or whatever, living in the world we're in today it's somewhat inevitable that they'll become interested in these things, whether they actively engage in these activities idk, that's up to them... I feel like so many of us have just forgotten what it's like to be young and constantly stumbling into the unknown. Your children know more than they want you to think they know.
I'm surprised *THIS IS ENGLAND* was not on the list. Stephen Graham as a junior skinhead was cursing, harassing, smoking weed, and oh, making out with a mature woman--without stand in. Try to beat that.
The positions children are put in, in acting, is why my children will never be allowed to act. If they are over 18 and want to pursue it, that's their choice, before then it's a hard no.
Sometimes it's not hard to see why former child stars lose their shit and get into hardcore drugs and alcohol.
Back in 1919 D.W. Griffith made the movie "Broken Blossoms" starring the 25-year old Lillian Gish as a 14-year old girl. It was such a harrowing role that he told her he was casting an older person because a teen couldn't do what he was going to put her through. Maybe a kid could have done it but I kind of agree with him.
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