19 child actors who killed him in their first film


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Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Wild South

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Wallis was only 5 when she auditioned for the role – she actually lied about her age to audition as they were looking for 6-9 year olds. She ended up being nominated for an Oscar for the role and became the youngest nominee for Best Actress in Oscar history. Since the film she has acted in other films like Annie and 12 years of slavery.


Danny Lloyd as Danny in The brilliant

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Lloyd, who was 7 when the film was released and only 4 when he started auditioning, largely withdrew from acting a few years after his appearance in the film, except in projects related to his role in The brilliant. Kubrick chose him because of his ability to focus – but he made sure Lloyd wouldn’t be traumatized by the experience, and Lloyd said he never knew during filming that he was in a horror movie.


Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo Bunny Jojo

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Director Taika Waititi had seen over 1,000 audition tapes by the time he saw Davis and was quickly impressed. Waititi said Davis – who thought he was auditioning for a Peter Rabbit movie – “is an incredibly sensitive and emotionally connected kid who cares deeply about people,” calling his attitude perfect for the role. Davis was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his performance.


Brooklynn Prince as Moonee The Florida project

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Prince had previously starred in a direct-to-DVD movie, but it was his first movie role. She won the Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer for her performance alongside veteran actor Willem Dafoe. She has since appeared in a number of other movies and shows and has voiced characters in The Lego Movie 2: Part 2 and The Angry Birds movie 2.


Anna Chlumsky as Vada in My daughter

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Okay so this one is a bit misleading because she had a small role before that in a movie, but since the role wasn’t even named (she’s listed as “School Child”) I’m counting that like his first role! Anna was utterly heartbreaking in the movie, and she essentially single-handedly directed one of the saddest scenes in movie history. She’s grown up now and spent seven years playing in Veep, for which she received six Emmy nominations.


Tom Holland as Lucas in The impossible

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Holland was 14 when he started filming for the role. The impossible was her first live role after voicing Shō in Arrietty. His performance was critically acclaimed and he played a number of other lead roles including Peter Parker / Spider-Man in the MCU.


Rosario Dawson as Ruby Children

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Rosario was discovered by photographer Larry Clark and writer Harmony Korine in the 90s just sitting on her porch – she was later cast to play Ruby in the Clark film Children, which was created at the age of 16. The film was controversial but helped launch Dawson’s career. Today, she continues to star in critically acclaimed films and series, such as The Mandalorian.


Sean Astin as Mikey The Goonies

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It was Astin’s first role in a non-television film. He played the role of Mikey, the lovable main character, and easily directed the film with charm and determination. He would go on to appear in a number of other films in the ’80s and’ 90s – but his most famous role is probably as the even more lovable Samwise Gamgee in the the Lord of the Rings series of films.


Jerry O’Connell as Vern in Support me

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O’Connell appeared in commercials and TV shows before playing Vern in the critically acclaimed coming of age film Support me, who was based on Stephen King The body. Over 300 boys had auditioned for the four main roles. Costar Wil Wheaton said the four main actors were chosen because they were exactly like their characters, call O’Connell “one of the funniest people I have ever seen in my life, before or since.” O’Connell would go on to appear in dozens of other television and film projects, including Jerry maguire and Scream 2.


Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie True courage

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Hailee was 13 years old when she was chosen for the role, for which she was nominated for an Oscar (becoming one of the youngest nominees). She went on to star in movies and TV shows (most recently in Marvel’s Hawk Eye and Apple TV Dickinson), and she has also had a successful music career since then.


Mara Wilson as Natalie in Mrs. Doubtfire

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Mara was 5 when she appeared as the youngest child in comedy, playing the adorable Natalie. Not only was this Wilson’s first film role, but it was also his First time movie audition. She would go on to appear in a number of other films – most notably, as the beloved children’s character Matilda in Mathilde – before going out to act at the age of 13, although she has since returned for roles in Big city and BoJack Cavalier.


Lina Leandersson as Eli in Leave the one on the right in

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Leandersson, who was cast after an open audition, actually dubbed her voice in the film because she was too high for her character – however, as The New York Times points out, the character didn’t have a lot of dialogue and was much more defined by his physique. The New York Times also said, “In a performance devoid of sentimentality, she perfectly captures the terrible loneliness of a creature that exists outside of time.” Leandersson has been nominated for numerous awards for her role, although she has only appeared in two films since: The referee and The blues of the broken hill.


Jared Gilman as Sam in Kingdom of the moonrise …

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Gilman was nominated for a Young Artist Award in 2013 for Best Young Actor in a Feature Film for his role in the Wes Anderson film. The 13-year-old stuck it out with veteran actors Bill Murray, Ed Norton, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand. He has since appeared in two shorts and six other films, such as Elsa & Fred and Three are needed.


… and Kara Hayward as Suzy in Moonrise kingdom

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Hayward was cast for the role at the age of 13 after attending an open call. She did not do any preparation for the audition, and she had no acting experience. However, she still delivered an equally acclaimed performance and was also nominated for a Young Artist Award. She has since appeared in a number of other films, including Manchester by the sea.


Peter Ostrum as Charlie in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

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Ostrum was discovered while performing in a children’s theater in sixth grade. After attending a few auditions, he only received 10 days’ notice that he had secured the role and had to temporarily move to Germany. The film became both acclaimed and beloved, but Ostrum never appeared onscreen again, instead becoming a vet.


Harvey Spencer Stephens as Damien in The omen

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Stephens was nominated for a Golden Globe for his heartbreaking performance as an antichrist child in the horror film. He was only 5 years old when he was released. He did not appear in any of the film’s sequels, although he did make an appearance in its remake, and only appeared in one other film besides that.


Pick Jacobs as Mike in It: Chapter 1

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Chosen had appeared in a few shorts and a Hot Wheels Advertising before being sunk This at 14 (it will turn at 15). The film received critical acclaim, with RogerEbert.com Critic Christy Lemire called the parts of the film the strongest “bond with children” and said that each character was “distinctly drawn, each with a fleshed out backstory that explains why their fears make them so vulnerable to attacks from Pennywise “. Jacobs has since appeared in the This continue and show as Hawaii 5-0 and Stone Castle.


Heather O’Rourke as Carol Anne in Fighting spirit

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O’Rourke’s performance in the three Fighting spirit films has been lauded – she has been nominated for numerous Young Artist Awards for her work both on films and in the plethora of TV series in which she has appeared (including, Happy Days and Webster). The rising star sadly died at the age of 12 from septic shock.


And finally, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar in the role of the young Jamal in Slumdog Millionaire

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It was the first film for many of the kids in the cast, but Khedekar felt most like the star in his portrayal of the younger version of the main character, Jamal. In addition to winning a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Film with the Rest of the Cast, Ayush was also individually nominated for the 2008 British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer. He took a long hiatus from acting but has returned in recent years, and he is expected to appear in the next film. Gandhi of the month.


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