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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 (11 months ago)
What other movie roles do you think should've made this list?
Keiley Yocum (4 days ago)
Stand by me
Miranti Wulandari (13 days ago)
Esther from Orphan movie
Gem Hunter (15 days ago)
Hard Candy was disturbing
Ambie Dawnnn (15 days ago)
Oh I spoke too soon! Kids is on this list! Phew! lol!!
Ambie Dawnnn (15 days ago)
Oh or either of the girls in Thirteen. That movie was wayyyyy disturbing.
Ashleyy (8 hours ago)
Henry Moore (13 hours ago)
Kids are just small versions of adults. They can do everything we can do, and things we cannot. Due to their youth and flexibility.
gogretago (16 hours ago)
The Professional was such a good movie.
Nicolette James (18 hours ago)
Ok but 11 year old kirsten dunst had her first kiss with adult brad pitt. Am I the only one who sees that as disgusting?!
Phoenix Rayne (1 day ago)
How Brooke Shields isn't a Lindsey Lohan or Britney Spears case idk... Must be hard for a young lady to see herself as anything other than a "sex object" when that's all she's seen as... Hollywood is a truly disgusting place.
Phoenix Rayne (1 day ago)
Don't get the issue with Kirsten in Interview with a Vampire...
Londyn Lanning (1 day ago)
Heather Matzaratto in 'Welcome to the Dollhouse'.
Dean (1 day ago)
Why get a 15 year old girl that looks 20 to play 14/15 get a girl that’s 16/17/18 that looks younger and get her to play the character
Jonathan Bowles (1 day ago)
Is this a deviant's guide to cinema?
PIMRAPHAT J. (2 days ago)
The movie FRIEND should be here too!
Kat Weese (4 days ago)
Romeo & Juliet shouldn’t be on this list. Yeah it involves violence, etc. but it’s Romeo & Juliet dude. I read it in English class in 9th grade & I had just turned 14.
Nikki Weathers (5 days ago)
KIDS was wild. At 15/16 it blew my mind. Scared me. In a good way. 😂
William B. Keck (5 days ago)
Wait a minute...the two kids in blue lagoon were cousins....how did l miss that? Some people in Hollywood are pervs.
Castiel Winchester (6 days ago)
The Good Son gave me chills to watch. There were some scenes when you would see in his eyes and see something empty and dark. It wasn't much as a thriller but more like a movie to give you permanent chills when you think about it.
punchayo buns (6 days ago)
What about Evan Rachel Wood in Thirteen?
Castiel Winchester (6 days ago)
I saw the title and the first thing I thought of was Claudia an that's the first thing you see when the video starts. But side note here, she did an awesome job at really seeming like a pissed off adult for how young she was, at least in my opinion.
Anastasia Sky (8 days ago)
They need orphan, and bastard out of Carolina
VenusBlue (9 days ago)
Can We Just Take A Minute Here To Thank Looper For Adding GUMMO To This List. Harmony Is An Extreme Film Creator That Likes To Overly Expose The Under Belly Of Lower Class America's Children. He Does It With Pure Brilliance. Harmony Korine Is A Genius In His Own Right And One Hell Of A Skate Border.
Savannah Johnson (9 days ago)
Good son was insane
Bacon (9 days ago)
Honestly, even if these roles were "too mature," I've seen almost all of them ..and in my opinion, they are some of the best films of all time. I could watch them over and over and never get bored.
dreick2 (10 days ago)
So if u want more proof that Kevin turns into John kranner (Srry if I spelt that wrong) jigsaw then go to the good son
Claire Danes would have been three years older than Juliet if she was 16. Juliet “hath not seen the change of fourteen years.”
Lilly (11 days ago)
1:32 reminds me of evleven from stranger things
Dbl dd (11 days ago)
The professional shud of made a part 2
Todd Beaulieu (12 days ago)
Portman was amazing in that movies. Fave.
Certabonun certamen (12 days ago)
Hollywood abuses kids? Shocker
phoenixa12 (13 days ago)
Kids scared me as a kid that movie was too much
Darling TM (13 days ago)
The Exorcist was funny to me. I have a problem.
Rachelle Kebaili (14 days ago)
I love Kickass! Chloe Moretz made the movie awesome!!! Her character rocked!
leong hui ting (14 days ago)
I tot JLaw would be on for The Poker House. She did great tho!!!
Atinuke Ladipo (15 days ago)
Kids is definitely up there
Aaron Ruesch (15 days ago)
There was an adult in kids. Telly's mom.
Table Cat (17 days ago)
Never heard of Pretty baby- Oh because it was banned. Fair.
bri marie (17 days ago)
Brooks Mom was fine with her daughter being a child prostitute ! But after she made it big she wouldn’t allow her to show any nudity in blue lagoon?
Alecia Walls (17 days ago)
I think they all had a right for their roles if their parents had a problem or the children did then they would've stopped it so get tf over it
Jocy Carmona (17 days ago)
What about the movie 13
devin narez (17 days ago)
Gummo is a classic. Love that movie , it's so weird 😿🔫
Rick Paterson (17 days ago)
The good son was savage. If that kid didnt get all messed up on drugs, neither leo or depp would have anything on him today.
Stefan G (17 days ago)
The good son is an amazing movie.
Majapiraya (17 days ago)
Noah Schnapp should have been on the list
gomenesia (18 days ago)
Where's What's Eating Gilbert Grape?
Flannagan92 (18 days ago)
I once farted on the set of Blue Lagoon
Piggy and Bunny (18 days ago)
Xenya, OH rhymes with Seen Ya.
Giy Animations (19 days ago)
My great grandma still remembers that tornado in Zenya. She said it tore part of their old house off!
flamefrozer (19 days ago)
natalie Portman played her role perfectly. The movie is placed high on every list. If you think she is a bad actor just watch the movie 'IT'.
CASEY FINNEGAN (20 days ago)
What about the little girl who played the girl in “Orphan” where she had to murder people, push people off swing sets, and try to seduce her adopted father? She also played a girl who was a 33 year old in a child’s body in Orphan
Spoil Milk (20 days ago)
I've seen clips from kick ass and I want to watch it
Taylor H (21 days ago)
It's not that hard to find people 18+ that look young enough to play 12-17 roles
Angel :p (21 days ago)
I honest to god didn't know Kick-Ass was controversial.
Aubrey Montgomery (22 days ago)
15 years and up shouldn't be considered a "child actor"
Lilly Sigrist (23 days ago)
well who’s gonna play these roles? adults? when you’re acting, you’re not experiencing the things your character is. children don’t need to be shielded from real world problems.
Electronelle u w u (23 days ago)
who the heck did the subtitles and censor even mildly risky words like sexuality??
Mae_05 (24 days ago)
Why wasn’t orphan with Isabell Furman on here. She was like 11 playing a 33 year old psychopath.
a name (24 days ago)
if they're older then 12, they can play those roles.
Tammy Kat (25 days ago)
All kids on the walking ded should be here
nenah_dm (26 days ago)
What about The Florida Project
The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas belongs on this list too.
Mimi Ramone (27 days ago)
Glad they got Brooke Shields!
Brently80 (27 days ago)
Keep lvl worships high sheepledorks
Brently80 (27 days ago)
Hollypeckerwood didnt mind at the time before metoo
Cheesey Chickens (27 days ago)
Empire of the sun was SO GOOD THO 😩
• Craz • (29 days ago)
Ann mian (29 days ago)
Yet so many japanese anime that use kid for innappropriate act such as killing and many other things
Sirina Sanchez (29 days ago)
Do a part two!
Fanci McGuffin (30 days ago)
Oh, yes. “Gummo” The movie supposedly portraying life in Xenia Ohio (pronunciation Zeen-yuh) All of us inbred, knuckle dragging morons, in Xenia were sooooooo happy for such a realistic depiction of our mentally, morally, and financially deficient town. It was made up, folks. A movie. If you believe that’s what Xenia is like.... Here’s yer sign.
suzycreamcheesez (1 month ago)
as in Even's favorite director?
aesthetic Audio (1 month ago)
I wanna be a child actor 😣
Thomas Clapham (1 month ago)
Looper is a lot better than watch mojo
Jacques Garoul (1 month ago)
You forgot Isabella Furnman in "The Orphan", Chloë Moretz' roll in "Let Me In", and Eva Ionescu and Lara Wendel in "Maladolescenza".
RubyAnn Torres (1 month ago)
Bastard out of Carolina should definitely be on this list!!!!
Sarah Helen (1 month ago)
nah man i feel like they've always done good with the castings of Romeo and Juliet. In the play Juliet was like literally 12 and Romeo was 17 i think? I feel like if they used older actors it would take away from how screwed up the story actually is and if anything, glamourize it more than it already is. Sure the actors might be young, but i don't think they'd hire immature actors for such critical roles.
Sophie Denmark (1 month ago)
Do people think girls like Fanning are too young, too innocent, to be raped? If only the world worked that way.
Snickers Von (1 month ago)
can't stand DAkota Fanning
SladesGirl (1 month ago)
Why would you leave out Anna Paquin and her oscar winning role in The Piano???
Zoe Sheveleva (1 month ago)
well i never seen any teenagers arcing like THIS , when i was 12 and younger :/ maybe in russia we not so sexually concerned and behave better i dont know
Sinon's Life (1 month ago)
Kids made me want to THROW UP
Line Evens (1 month ago)
All the kids in game of thrones
TheWorstLana (1 month ago)
Dolores was supposed to be young. Dominique wanted to be in the movie and she enjoyed filming it.
TheWorstLana (1 month ago)
jademoon whatley (1 month ago)
I love the professional
Love the Lord your God (1 month ago)
How much worse is todays sexualized content compared to Brooke Shields herself having a front page in playboy when she was ten years old! Yes you read that correctly.... not only did Brooke Shields star in the movie pretty baby, SHE posed completely nude for playboy at age 10!!! Pedophilia has been around for 100s of years! Wake up people!!
Pink Potato (1 month ago)
Dakota is an amazing actress ♥️
Anna Lucas (1 month ago)
What about little Ester from Orphan
alyssa Garcia (1 month ago)
LMAO DID YALL FORGET THIRTEEN ??!!! are you serious
Don't Cry Craft (1 month ago)
Is it bad for kids to play roles that kids might actually have to deal with? I'm genuinely wondering, as a child actor, it wouldn't bother me too much to play mature roles, as I know that actual kids may deal with it.
Derya Molenaar (1 month ago)
Laboratory favor tragedy definitely hell proposal pause others.
Joseph Hickman (1 month ago)
i moved out when i caught my creepy landlord jacking off in the living room jacking off to the scene in hitman movie where the girl does madonnas like a virgin...very unesseccesary scene(both on and off screen!!!)
Dominique duarte (1 month ago)
the good son was a great movie i dont care
Melody K (1 month ago)
Brooke Shields was too young for Alice Sweet Alice as well. Her mother sure didn't look after her best interests.
Abel Mendoza (1 month ago)
Lolita is the best movie and book ever made
Valerija Makarenko (1 month ago)
I once watched a french movie called "My Little Princess". The main role was played by an 11 year old actress. The main character's name is Violeta and her mother forces her to pose for the photographs with a really controversial (pornographic) material "for the sake of art" (for the sake of money, to be honest). Violeta is being bullied at school, falls into a deep depression and can't stand her mom because of what she did to her. At the age of 11 Violeta starts smoking and loses her virginity. I think this film deserves to be in a list.
Noah Schnapp's wife (1 month ago)
I would cut this person if he really would bann lolita. Thats one of the best movies i have ever seen like for real.
Not Cthulhu (1 month ago)
That Natalie Portman "Happy Birthday Mr. President" bit (which they didn't even mention in this video for some reason) was one of the most fucked up obviously pedophilic things ever put to film, as far as I know anyway............. and yet people are pretending Hollywood pedophilia is only an issue recently?
Walter Luhm (1 month ago)
Aside from the brook shields controversy I dont see what the big deal is with any of these. Some of them are absolutely remarkable performances like Linda Blair in the exorcist, Christian Bale in empire of the sun.
Kindiah (1 month ago)
Hollywood is FULL of evil!
Imani Trapp (1 month ago)
Were there any African American children cast in movies that were inappropriate for their age. What about Angel Heart with Lisa Bonet. Interesting.
smokey kool-aid (1 month ago)
Imani Trapp Lisa Bonet wasn’t that young and there were too many black kids put into that position, they didn’t want to see us in tv when y’all this was going on
Crysta Rose (1 month ago)
Another film Moretz did was Hick with Eddy Redmane
madison (1 month ago)
People that dont like these films are the same people that complain that younger characters are being played by older teenagers.
Cali C (1 month ago)
"The Lover" even though the actress was 18 the character is supposed to be 15 and the actress looked 15

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