Actors in dark roles are possible. Some actors prefer to play in such roles due to money, career perspective or get rid of overwhelming effect of previous role. However, due to being in dark role, there are some actors lost their career.
To answer this question I’m only going to consider a ‘child’ to be a preteen. And I’m also going to consider that the child is conscious of what being an actor means and giving a performance that is not just just following the directions of the director in a piecemeal way with all the bits strung together through the magic of editing. And finally I’m considering a great performance to be mainly the result of the effort of the actor, not the great writing or directing.
The best performance I’ve ever seen by a child who knows what acting is and is superbly professional about it is Dakota Fanning in Man on Fire with costar Denzel Washington. She is the one who has created that character, every bit as much as the writer.
I wonder why his name didn’t came up yet. Adam Robert Worton in Baby’s day out.
Every time I watch this movie, I wonder how the hell he did it or rather how the hell they made him do it.
Actually there were two of them, twins.
Adam Robert Worton
Jacob Joseph Worton
That would have made the task a little easier.
This kid also acted in Forrest Gump as Jr. Forrest Gump
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