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Terrorizing tykes. Corruptible kids. Menacing mop-tops. Problematic pubescent. However one might want to use their alliterative labeling when it comes to troubled young people and the trauma they cause (or the trauma that gravitates to them) in the world of cinema it is always fascinating to see the suspense, aggravation and psychological ramifications behind such happenings.
Kid Power, Kid Sour: Top 10 Misguided Youngsters in Film looks to examine some of the young people involved in such disturbing dilemmas within various facets in cinema. So let us check out a selection of these impressionable violators (in some cases victims) and contemplate their predicaments at hand, shall we?
1.) Rhonda Penmark from The Bad Seed (1956)
In playing the little pig-tailed sociopath Rhonda Penmark in Mervyn LeRoy’s Oscar-nominated film The Bad Seed, child actress Patty McCormack received an Academy Award nomination as the kid killer without a conscious. Spoiled and devious to a fault, »
- Frank Ochieng
Source: Getty / Rebecca Sapp, Paramount Pictures Ten years after hitting the big screen as Damian in Mean Girls, actor Daniel Franzese came out as gay in a letter to his character, published on Indiewire's Bent. Daniel was part of several hilarious Mean Girls moments, and the actor brought humor - and movie quotes - into his thoughtful letter. In it, Daniel writes about the struggle to cover up his sexuality, saying he was "terrified" to play the part, because he feared being typecast - a fear that, unfortunately, he said, came true. Daniel thanks his character for being an inspiration to so many people through the years and, ultimately, for being an inspiration to him, too, writing, "It took You to teach me how to be proud of myself again . . . We go Glen Coco." Take a look at Daniel's full letter to Damian below: Dear Damian, It's been a long time since our last encounter. »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Actor Daniel Franzese, writing for the indiewire blog /bent, has penned penned a letter to “Damian”, the “too gay to function” high schooler he played in Mean Girls. That character was memorable for being both stereotypically “gay” and completely sympathetic at a time when gay characters in movie comedies were mostly written and portrayed to be ridiculed.
Mean Girls came out ten years ago and Franzese has both loved and hated the character that put him on the map.
“When I first became an actor, I wanted to play lots of roles – Guidos, gangsters and goombahs were my specialty. So, would I be able to play all of those parts after portraying a sensitive, moisturizing, Ashton Kutcher-loving, pink-shirt-wearing kid? I was optimistic. Hollywood? Not so much. I was meeting a ‘gay glass ceiling’ in casting.”
Franzese who was actually “discovered” singing in a Florida gay bar for his first »
- Aaron Landry
3 items from 2014
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