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Movie Roles That Were Too Mature For Child Actors

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If you're new, Subscribe! → http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-Looper 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/ Movie Lists and Features https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOzaghBOlEsdJRQ4Z14z1_GB_bQ6_oioB The Most Controversial Movie Costumes Explained https://youtu.be/jcwgIUDoO2s?list=PLOzaghBOlEsdJRQ4Z14z1_GB_bQ6_oioB 8 Totally Underrated Box Office Flops https://youtu.be/thM4M1_yxRc?list=PLOzaghBOlEsdJRQ4Z14z1_GB_bQ6_oioB Movie Special Effects You'd Never Guess Aren't CGI https://youtu.be/sjALn5w_Szg?list=PLOzaghBOlEsdJRQ4Z14z1_GB_bQ6_oioB Scenes Acted So Badly We Can't Forget Them https://youtu.be/xJ8c38Q1H-g?list=PLOzaghBOlEsdJRQ4Z14z1_GB_bQ6_oioB The Most Inappropriate PG Movies Of All Time https://youtu.be/W7knQOPNVIc?list=PLOzaghBOlEsdJRQ4Z14z1_GB_bQ6_oioB Box Office Bombs That Somehow Became Cult Classics https://youtu.be/hWlVvWUIh78?list=PLOzaghBOlEsdJRQ4Z14z1_GB_bQ6_oioB Website → http://www.looper.com/ Like us → https://facebook.com/loopermoviestv/ Instagram → https://instagram.com/looperhq/ Looper is the go-to source for the movies, TV shows and video games we all love. We're addicted to all things superhero and Star Wars, but we're not afraid to binge watch some reality TV when the mood strikes. Whether it's revealing Easter eggs and secrets hidden in your favorite films, exposing movie mistakes, highlighting the best deleted scenes, or uncovering the truth about reality TV's strangest stars, Looper has endless entertainment for the discerning YouTube viewer.
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Looper (1 year ago)
What other movie roles do you think should've made this list?
Megha Dixit (1 day ago)
Yaoilover Studio (3 days ago)
The heart is deceitful above all.
Line Junge Pedersen (3 days ago)
The young kids (and especially the lead role holly hunter) from the movie "THIRTEEN" There's drug abuse, sex scenes, violence and stealing 👌🏼
Maxwell Howig (4 days ago)
Child Bride (1938). A 12 year old Shirley Mills has a topless nude swim scene.
jakeismyhero (8 days ago)
Looper every young person’s role in any movie by Larry Clark.
Spacial (21 hours ago)
The premise might make more sense if any example of actual problems experienced by any of these very talented actors, could be given.
Yvonne (1 day ago)
I was a kid once. Art imitates life. End.
ani (1 day ago)
5:03 it's me or it's Marie? xD
Rachel_victoria (1 day ago)
Kids is one of the best movies
BenC (3 days ago)
come on people 16/ 17 is close enough i do see how people might still be shocked but just putting it out there ok second thoughts that "kids movie" is fair enough to get picky about
Maxwell Howig (4 days ago)
Child Bride (1938). A 12 year old Shirley Mills has a lengthy nude swim scene. No body double, no nothing! The only reason the film got away with it was it was independent and "educational".
Pootie Tang (5 days ago)
This only confirmed the child stars who's parents were comfortable with pimping their children out to Hollywood pedophiles!
Lady Stardust (5 days ago)
Autant dire film et scènes pédophile ! C'est ça qu'ils aiment à hollywood le satanisme la pédophilie et j'en passe!
Mody (6 days ago)
How about Kristen Stewart in Speak ?
Mandi Tierney (6 days ago)
The fact that Dakota Fanning actually thought that a rape survivor would even watch much less be inspired by some tasteless child rape scene just shows how ignorant she is. Talk about self importance
Jaymee Renee (7 days ago)
I don’t understand what’s wrong with kids playing in mature rolls??? It’s acting and they’re acting on a movie set like tf idk what’s the big deal
Conman 200605 (7 days ago)
Even more proof the Kevin became saw theory is true
natt noot (7 days ago)
*I was named after natalie Portman no joke why dad*
Jime Diez (7 days ago)
You should have put the girl from orphan
Nikola Khmara (7 days ago)
Хорошая выборка, однако не ленитесь прибавлять заглавие кинофильма и год, к примеру, в левом нижнем углу, чтоб позже можно было приобрести этот кинофильм и поглядеть.
Estefania (9 days ago)
I am always wary of child actors. It's so easy for them to be exploited. Take Brooke Shields for example. 😥
ChibiStraws (9 days ago)
Blue Lagoon was an amazing movie!
Zachary Siple (9 days ago)
Jodie Foster was 12 in Taxi Driver? Dang! What's her secret?
I feel bad for the NPAA for going through these films just to rate them...
K P (9 days ago)
I hate when people get pissy about controversial movies. Your neighbor’s little girl is probably be assaulted by her uncle, but that’s not too close to home. This movie is.. ok
Lovely Girl (10 days ago)
Shipwrecksos (11 days ago)
Lord of the Flies and City of God deserved some honorable mentions.
Alice Stockli Stockli (11 days ago)
Also to be fair kevan in home alone is also kind of a phycopath
Alice Stockli Stockli (11 days ago)
I absolutely love the empire of the sun
Ninjamohawk (11 days ago)
Two Harmony Korine movies on this list. Either he's like writing controversial films or he's got a hangup about children. Or both.
solidfoamsoul (12 days ago)
You mention Olivia Hussey and say that Claire Daines covered in blood is "too much" not even mentioning that Olivia was 15 and had a topless scene? C'mon.
Raquel Leon (12 days ago)
Born Innocent and Lord of the Fly's.
Evie Ashton (12 days ago)
Destiney Brooke (13 days ago)
Hound dog was such an intense, touching movie. It’s sad and hard to watch, but i think Dakota fanning was perfect for the role. She did such a good job
Rose Tyler (14 days ago)
RoMeo WaS noT A cHilD!!
Elliott Platt (15 days ago)
Addison The Gemini (15 days ago)
Kids was so uncomfortable to watch which is why I watched like 5 mins lol
Amadeus Monroe (16 days ago)
The exorcist..the most hilarious movie around..they mean.
oikawa tooru (17 days ago)
I was like 9 when I watched The Good Son and I was very disturbed 😂
Kiyah Pritty (18 days ago)
Lolita might be controversial... but it was such a great film. One of my favourites. The actors did such an amazing job playing the characters and bringing the book to life💕
Shane (20 days ago)
Lolita should be the number one
Grimble Grumble (22 days ago)
Kids? Alright. But what about Ken Park then?
David Davis (23 days ago)
Its acting means nothing, nothing is real.
Lyrissawesome sauce (23 days ago)
Sasha Pieterse!
Wait... Chloë Moretz was 11 in kickass? Omg I've been compared to an 11 year old. And we don't even look alike, the guy who compared me to her is an idiot, and also apparently a pedophile, since he repeatedly told me how hot she is and how he only goes for girls that look like her character from the movie.
myah melis (26 days ago)
In the second one she had to kiss Brad Pitt (the one with the long hair) at her age and she said in a interview that She didn’t want to kiss him😂😂 she didn’t kiss another guy until she was 16
Bhavesh Marathe (26 days ago)
2:18 tom Cruze?
ram2791 (27 days ago)
Its pronounced zeen-yaa ohio
Belinda Garza (27 days ago)
Rape scenes never help people who have been raped. That is an absolutely preposterous idea. How can that possibly help?
Shayla Marie (27 days ago)
Who also likes kick ass
Jada loves Mammoths XD (27 days ago)
Did they really make a movie with a cousin romance?
A V E I L Y Y (27 days ago)
Paper moon is forever a favorite
Lunsla (28 days ago)
They are acting. What they do they do in het character. What happens in character you dont take with you in real life. If they cant do something that they shouldnt have taken the role.
Julia Brummell (29 days ago)
after seeing this in my recommended for 2 years i finally watched it.
Maddy The Bumble Bee (29 days ago)
Lmao I’m named after Madeline Cohn, but my mom spelled my name as “Madalynn” not the original spelling.
casey b (30 days ago)
all of these disgust me
Maureen Seel (1 month ago)
Empire of the Sun is one of the most touching and gut-wrenching performances from Christian Bale EVER...I love that movie...brings me to tears every time.
Michael Phillips (1 month ago)
And I was thinking I had rough moments in childhood.
D C (1 month ago)
Let's not forget that many child actors are exposed to REAL abuse.Hollywood is a very dark place, and I'm not some religious nut, this is just a sad reality.
TheNoodlyAppendage (1 month ago)
Yes, we must have 18 year olds playing 12 year old rape victims, because reasons....
Apple Shrubs (1 month ago)
As long as those kids aren’t making out with adults or smoking (for-real) I don’t really think it matters what role they play
Caprice Portia (1 month ago)
JW41926 (1 month ago)
I would not call it protecting a child's innocence. Explain to me how child actors are allowed to be in dark R rated films, but if a parent plays pranks on their kid on YouTube, there is public outcry they loose custody.
cecilia (1 month ago)
omg Brooke Shields was gorgeous
Hunter Weeks (1 month ago)
The Good Son is great! And I actually bought him as a psychopath
cryinqsippy (1 month ago)
my granddad and my family thinks i look like brooke sheilds but shes so much prettier than me lmao
Jackie Aikin (1 month ago)
Today children are being exposed again like in the past because some most countries are very disturbing and teenagers are legal for an adult to be with. It's real life and it's creepy. Pedophile nation
Ricardeaux (1 month ago)
Foster is definitely a witch. Didn't she also orchestrate someone to assassinate RR back in the day?? Why isn't that more well known lol
Ima Go Apesht (1 month ago)
“Too young” but yet all of these kids completely knocked these rolls out of the park.
Zion Grant (17 days ago)
+Jae Lo just bc a kid is a good actor in these doesnt make u a pedofile
Jada loves Mammoths XD (27 days ago)
Yes, they killed it but some of them were inappropriate.
Jae Lo (29 days ago)
You should take a look at children-toys ; the world is ruled by men !
Victoria Clarke (1 month ago)
I was going to suggest Winona Ryder in the movie Mermaids but I just did some research and it turns out she was 19. I could’ve sworn she was younger.
Daniel Vidal (1 month ago)
It's called Léon: The Professional (1994) not just 'The Professional'
misha (1 month ago)
as a 17 year old this is ridiculous. you do realise doing drugs and having sex (and also being raped) are things that happen in every day life for some teenagers???? they’re trying to reach an audience that can relate to something like that. but yeah, we get it steve. you stayed in ur mums basement until you were 30 🙄
kiffclout (1 month ago)
kids play kids adults play adults And adults play teenagers
Z (1 month ago)
It's acting and all fake lol!!!!
Genavieve C (1 month ago)
Yup I hate rape movies or when they like kinda show it. They can just say it if they want to add that to a movie.
Julia K (1 month ago)
what about Chloe graze moretz in runaway girl? she got raped, sexually assaulted and ran around with a gun and killed someone
Luke Bridger (1 month ago)
What about Isabelle Fuhrman in Orphan?
Hannah Laurenzano (1 month ago)
I love Empire of the Sun!
Lateralus 7007 (1 month ago)
Yea well keep the tribe away from child actors and maybe Id be more supportive. Since the Tribe controls the industry they will always be at risk. Gotta love the chosen people.
Kristen Green (1 month ago)
Hit girl is my favorite!!!
Aria Clements (1 month ago)
Juliet was 13, not 14. "She hath not seen the change of fourteen years." So she's not yet 14.
Britt Anne (1 month ago)
5:30 Louise.....Bob's burgers haha...
Julie Laugen (1 month ago)
Why isn’t the crush in this?
Philthy Tanks (1 month ago)
Lol Kids got skipped over quick! I assume it’s Bc mentioning rape and AIDS would get this demonetized?
Alana Valadez (1 month ago)
Hold up, we just gonna forget about Jena Malone in Bastard Out of Carolina?
HeyKirsty (1 month ago)
did no one watch Hick? I'd hardly call Kickass Chloe's most controversial role in comparison.
Pauline Marie (1 month ago)
Hick definitely deserves a place on this list more than kickass, for sure
TheHero1945 (1 month ago)
I know she was 17 but I can’t believe they didn’t mention Ellen Page in Hard Candy..
H3DDIE (1 month ago)
I can’t believe they didn’t add KEN PARK or BULLY!
Bro (1 month ago)
When Natalie Portman said "One shot, not bad huh?" I saw only Hit Girl right there. Seriously. They even have similar faces, smiles, short hair and everything.
rageforthemachine (1 month ago)
Pretty much anything Lara Wendel or Eva Ionesco was in.
Lux Meow (1 month ago)
I don't agree because when the kids are acting, they're not watching the movie as a whole. They don't see what we do on screen. Most likely when working with kids the directors make it more fun. Look at how well adjusted Natalie Portman turned out, Kirsten Dunst is also doing well still. I didn't watch this vid to know who else. So can't blame their downfall on a movie roll alone if that were to happen, something more is going on.
Tara Budke (1 month ago)
Chloe Grace Moretz character was awesome though
Mona Plauborg Larsen (1 month ago)
What about Noah Wiseman in the movie "The Babadook"?
Mimi Cares for Kids (1 month ago)
What the hell, I thought Romeo & Juliet was a cute high school lover story but their parent's fight. Not about sex, suicide and all the other stuff. They played that in Hey Arnold, weird
Briana .H (1 month ago)
coccinelle80 (1 month ago)
Jodie Foster is an amazing actress
Asha (1 month ago)
I find it interesting that they don't actually talk about how KIDS ends with one character getting raped on camera. It is a very disturbing moment.
Evan Fields (1 month ago)
Two Harnony Korine scripts on the list? Most of his work could work on this list.
Christina Bricker (1 month ago)
Where’s my new boo bear? I want to get them safely across the veil
Jane Francis (1 month ago)
you guys screwed up a few film titles, man
Sakoya Spruill (1 month ago)
What about the Shirley Temple movies???
Elizabeth Schuyler (1 month ago)
Romeo and Juliet 1968 had younger actors I think.

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