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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?
Raihan Rahman (3 hours ago)
" M O R G A N "
Alge Borusas (1 day ago)
Molly Ringwald in Starhunter.
Oz Akman (4 days ago)
The sixth sense??¿??????
Bella Gonzales (5 days ago)
Looper Isabelle Fuhrman in orphan
artemis arrow (8 days ago)
maybe pick some male child actors?
Melodey Gall (1 day ago)
They should have adult actors however there are kids that go through and do all these things. Id rather a movie with acting than the real thing. But i agree they are too young
J1234 (1 day ago)
What movie was that at 3:06 the girl with the pigtails?
Amber McEachern (1 day ago)
Fun fact, in Blue Lagoon they basically attached Shields hair to her breasts to cover her. Also I’ve never been offended by the cursing or doing drugs or smoking of a child actor because for one, it’s just acting (I’m all for it as long as it doesn’t harm the children/teens, and some child/teen actors go downhill or develop issues when they never even played a controversial role, it all depends on who they are and how how they lived and were raised), but I like the movies where the child/teen actors curse or smoke etc instead of them acting like perfect angels. I’m also surprised that Thirteen wasn’t on this list, but that’s one of my favorite movies. Also I loved Chloe is KickAss.
seqingnicole (2 days ago)
damn they were so good wtf
mackenzie jones (2 days ago)
“Making movies isn’t child’s play” yknow... except the movie child’s play
·Akörn· (3 days ago)
8:40 OMG that’s the image of the girl that pops up in the “scary maze” game!!!
AestheticLili (3 days ago)
I watched Romeo and Juliet so many times in year eight oh gosh
greekgodlamb (3 days ago)
How about Saoirse Ronan in Hanna, she was 16..
Brian K. (3 days ago)
It's funny how there was outrage over movies like Hounddog; but that same rage is absent when tv shows like Law and Order use child likeness to portray crimes... My problem isn't so much with the story-line of the shows/films. My problem is that the producer of these are using a child's sexuality often as a way to make profits... Personally, I think those who produce films like Special Victims Unit (where children are use) are no different, in a way, of child pornographers. I think; such use of children in this way should be outlawed.
Tamara Smith (3 days ago)
It used to be, people didn't think about how roles affected child actors. Then people became super aware of it, when usually it was something in their off-screen life, not the part, that lead to so many child actors developing issues. Now it's *usually* a good experience & kids aren't taken advantage of. The parents, managers & the company all agree to do what's needed to make sure any child chosen for an extreme role is kept from harm, physical & mental. The business wants to keep making money, so they consider it insurance as well as morally right because the actor, family & fans want assurances that children aren't being harmed for profit. Social media can really hurt a company nowadays if information should come out that precautions weren't taken & a child was hurt. So I wouldn't say that the roles were too mature for the actors, it's that a portion of the public was worried that it would be. I loved the Good Son. Culkin & Wood both did excellent in their roles as the killer sociopath & the one that was frightened & had to figure out a way to stop him. They both handled it well & had no issues because of it. I loved Wood in Radio Flyer too, where he played the part of a troubled child having to deal with things a kid shouldn't.
Lily Anna (4 days ago)
what about evie and tracey from thirteen? ( i forgot the names of the actresses lmao)
Shanelle Biddle (5 days ago)
Kick ass was a good movie
Doctor Roses (5 days ago)
There's plenty of kids that are professional and mature for their age, it's just sexual content that bothers me, go look up Shirley Temple and her early career, very disturbing, there are some pedos out there
Megan Wazowski (5 days ago)
my middle school science teacher was cousins with linda blair. she said that movie fucked her up so bad. she’s doing better now though
SJMcFly (5 days ago)
RIP Mac Miller
IeatyellowSNO (5 days ago)
The good son was a great movie. For most of these people, their younger role was much better than their adult roles.
Shelyna Emerald (5 days ago)
It's crazy how people get angry about Fanning acting a part in Hounddog but when kids are abused in real life, nothing gets done.
Andrew Danner (5 days ago)
Seen it seen it seen it seen it
Karin Allen (5 days ago)
I've always wondered about Miko Hughes, who was only three years old when he played the brought-back-from-the-grave-possessed little kid in Pet Sematary. The movie includes shots of him menacing and murdering people that couldn't have been done with fancy editing or a double. He was just old enough, at three, that doing those things would have been some of his earliest memories. I hope he came out sane.
Trex The Third (6 days ago)
I reckon the Hebrews are at fault for this
Jessica Rodriguez (6 days ago)
What about Once Upon a Time in America
I Smell Toast (6 days ago)
Sorry like but films involving rape never make me feel better. They bring up bad memories so suddenly im often pushed to the point of being actually sick and shaking. Sometimes its so shocking and inexpected it seems crude and purely cruel to show.
Amythyst Parker (6 days ago)
Miss Victoria (7 days ago)
3:38 OMG IT'S BABY FRODO!!!!!! Sorry
Ultraviolet Morgan (8 days ago)
Cloe Moretz was also in a movie called "Let Me In" which was even more disturbing and had some pedo undertones.
naerial (8 days ago)
Just ask, does it make children look sexy? Then don't do it.
George Barrett (8 days ago)
“How dare they cast a child in the role of a child.” FFS GTFO. This channel seems to thrive on pot stirring.
Nakith Nakitah (8 days ago)
Where is MY LIFE AS A DOG?!
Cheza Rose (8 days ago)
The good son is one of the best movies ever
Kiyle Kitty (8 days ago)
Is that Holland Roden at 00:10
Mary eunice (8 days ago)
forgot danelle Harris from Halloween 😆😆
M.J. Dossey (9 days ago)
why are the subtitles censored in weird ways? "taken", "ending", "relations"... hard of hearing and Deaf people deserve to be able to understand this video as it was intended. stop censoring subtitles when you don't censor audio.
wingedguardian (9 days ago)
im surprised mysterious skin wasnt on here, that was messed up and very sad
TIAGO FLYNN (9 days ago)
Now I guess everyone who's watching this as a kid or an adult is rethinking being an actor
A 16 year old Claire Danes too old to play Juliet?? Come on. 16 years old?? How can you compare that to Jodie Foster being a prostitute at 12 or M.Caulkin a killer at 10??
Briana Abrams (9 days ago)
MaddaM Metzo (10 days ago)
I was surprised that when Leon - The professional was talked about, they didn't mention the orionally intended relationship between him a grown man and her a 12 year old girl who fell in love with the much older Hitman and him buying her a nice dress and stuff. Most of the scenes were cut from the cinema version yes, but they are still available on DVD and probably Blu Ray. Don't get me wrong, I kinda liked the dynamic of this completely opposite duo added in the cut scenes, but it was still a surprise for me, that it wasn't mentioned here.
teambeining (10 days ago)
For some of these films, kids ARE going through the situations. We want to keep our kids young and sheltered, but these films are meant to show some of reality. They are supposed to make you feel uncomfortable. The public gossip is probably worse for the child actors than filming.
picknbeansmamma (10 days ago)
The Good Son is one of my favorite movies...
Frankie Phillips (11 days ago)
Is the professional the American title for Leon?
Ashlee Knowlton (12 days ago)
What I find interesting about this list is The maturity and the talent of these actors as children. I mean Jesus the professional is one of the best movies I think I’ve ever seen. She plays the role so well it’s scary.
Fmblogger04 (12 days ago)
Michael Jackson WAS a Pedo! Look at his girlfriends - Brooke Sheilds, Tatum O'Neil - he was picturing them when they were children.
Inu Kazam (12 days ago)
I remember when I watched The Good Son. Used to seeing Culkin in comedy, at first the audience laughed at the stuff he did, like when he throws the dummy off the bridge. When he threw his sister to the ice, there was absolute silence, as it finally dawned on the audience that this was no comedy. By the time he attacks his own mother the audience were gasping in shock.
David Lindsey (12 days ago)
Blair didn't fracture her spine in the levitation scene. In an interview on Eli Roth's Have History or Horror, Blair said her spine was fractured by faulty rigging in the scene where Regan sits up and lays back quickly and violently.
Chris Macks (12 days ago)
R Kelly bought me 😪here to think about all these kid actors at that age I wondered what they was doing behind closed doors🤔
Abdul Aziz Azmi (12 days ago)
Because of this video, i've wrote a story called Young Superstar. It's a story about a young child actor who becomes famous when he portrays a mature role in a controversial film/movie. The boy was way too young but he pull off such a challenging role very greatly and proves his talent and versatility as an actor.
Hannah Shoshana (12 days ago)
It really helped Tatum O'Neal that she was costarring with her father, a genuinely loving parent.
Hannah Shoshana (12 days ago)
Wow, I didn't know Scorcese took those steps to protect Jodie. Too bad that crazy guy still stalked her (I refuse to use his name)
Deborah Meyer (13 days ago)
I've never understood why Jena Malone in "Bastard Out of Carolina" is left off of these lists. Her character was raped, assaulted, and brutally beaten by her stepfather.
Tishara Doby (13 days ago)
The exorcist was one of the first paranormal kind of movie
Tishara Doby (13 days ago)
When I first saw kids I was disgusted
Salmakia77 (13 days ago)
Excuse me, but if the characters are kids who should play them? 60-year-olds? 🙄🤔
Alex Walker (13 days ago)
Some of these are just people being sensitive
E. Williamson (15 days ago)
Bugsy Malone was just Chicago for kids - discuss.
Donki Kick (15 days ago)
Why do captions go to great lengths to censor words that could be considered buzz words?
Eli Reinhart (15 days ago)
And now we have Riverdale, with 26 year olds playing 16.
Chelsea Granger (16 days ago)
if they understand the role and don't have an issue doing it then i don't see what the problem is. from their perspective it's work. the only people being shocked are the audience and half the time that's the purpose of the film. not to mention that at this point in time a lot of people (unfortunately) are already having sex at 15. i think it would be worse to have younger people WATCHING than it is to have them acting in it. watching as a story you, for that 2 hours, believe in it's reality. that's where danger lies.
ngpi1987 (16 days ago)
What about The heart is deceitful above all things, that movie features a child being raped plus forced to drag, and the actual kid actor was groomed by the director Asia Argento.
McNutty (16 days ago)
Pretty baby
David Samuel Peckinpah (16 days ago)
Meanwhile In every country in Europe...
David Samuel Peckinpah (16 days ago)
Yeah Kirsten Dunst tore it up in Interview. One of the best movies of the Era.
omg me too (17 days ago)
Someone should have taken Brooke shields away from her parents. Obviously they didn’t have her best interest at heart. Between these super inappropriate movies and the play boy spread. Dang.
Harold Johnson (18 days ago)
The professional was awsome
Keith Weidner (18 days ago)
Zen-yuh, lol.
P. Candice Goddard (18 days ago)
The baby from The Blue Lagoon was cute.
Isha Kudale (18 days ago)
Jake Gyllenhaal in october sky
kissepurr (18 days ago)
Dunst who? A list... I think not
Arty Choke (19 days ago)
I feel like anyone who made a comment about these kids roles are just perpetuating the idea that if you’re not a fully developed adult you can’t be mature or handle anything. Y’all out here acting like younger people don’t go through a lot of the same things as adults.
Queen Mercy Makeup (19 days ago)
Damian Oman should be on here.
Lee Croft (19 days ago)
I always imagined The Good Son was the real Home Alone 3. Makes the first two Home Alone movie's more interesting.
Nuppy (19 days ago)
I swear to God if kick-ass is on this list I'm gonna stab somebody
Nuppy (5 days ago)
I actually didn't watch the whole video, but just in case yeah I'll do it anyway
Sammy -Chan (5 days ago)
Did u stab anybody?
Kerri P (19 days ago)
Ummm Tatum O’Neil and Jodie Foster in Foxes? Lol.
Kerri P (19 days ago)
Sorry, Not "Foxes", should have said "Little Darlings"
MichelleLove85 (19 days ago)
Kids was a jacked up movie.
Von Jones (20 days ago)
Ammara Shah (20 days ago)
Oi no that film is called Leon eff off Americans changing all the names to films for some really stupid reasons not all Americans are stupid and need titles which are more on the nose
Eve lyn (20 days ago)
Idk bout y'all but kids in my year were aleady yapping on about criminal minds episodes at the age of 7, I had puff of a cigarette at 8 out of curiosity, at age 9 me and my friends would go to the library and sneak out books about sex, drugs other "adult" topics out of the restricted section - which honestly just made society make a lot more sense to us the time....at age 10 I'd already had my first kiss and knew all the curse words due to my music/other kids....by 11 and 12 pretty much everyone I hung out with talked like they knew about gangs, racism, war, conspiracy theories, politics, rape, pedophilia and domestic violence....13/14/15 experimenting with drugs, sex, alcohol, parties, figuring out personal identity etc...and that was the norm for us, not sure if our parents could see beyond our innocent faces and the polite demeanor we liked to showcase around them....my point being, even if you try to shelter your children from sin or whatever, living in the world we're in today it's somewhat inevitable that they'll become interested in these things, whether they actively engage in these activities idk, that's up to them... I feel like so many of us have just forgotten what it's like to be young and constantly stumbling into the unknown. Your children know more than they want you to think they know.
Glittery Kittery (20 days ago)
How about "Bastard Out of Carolina?"
Alia Ris (20 days ago)
I'm surprised *THIS IS ENGLAND* was not on the list. Stephen Graham as a junior skinhead was cursing, harassing, smoking weed, and oh, making out with a mature woman--without stand in. Try to beat that.
Shelbs McGregor (20 days ago)
What about the shining???
JINLOVE011 (21 days ago)
I love natalie portman
JackieFuckingChan (21 days ago)
I love kickass
The Menagerie K (21 days ago)
Kids should have been number 1
Anonymous Don (21 days ago)
Ummm why sprouse twins the heart is deceitful above all things wasn't on here it should have been number one
TG Huffine (21 days ago)
These Hollywood sickos "love" children, but not in the Normal Way!
Carolina Navarro (22 days ago)
nikki reed in 13
Ava McGhee (22 days ago)
I loved the movie the interview with the vampire
S H O O T I E (22 days ago)
If Hit Girl was older, it wouldn't be cool
cheyenne_kim (22 days ago)
I'm 19, I literally look 14. HIRE ME PLEASE!
rg lma (23 days ago)
Brooke did have a body double for the nude scenes during Blue Lagoon
jimins jams (23 days ago)
Claire Danes was very lucky to work with Leonardo DiCaprio :((
DAKOTA FANNING AAAAAAAH I love Dakota fanning so much.
yiki yiki yeet (24 days ago)
isn't kevin from home alone already a "cold blooded pint sized psychopath"
Lexis Hendrix (24 days ago)
I thought it was Interview With the Vampire?
Manda George (25 days ago)
I actually live close-ish to Xenia. It’s actually pronounced “zeen-ya” not “zen-ya” :)
MadakiNomaroishi (25 days ago)
Hollywood will do anything to rape kids 👌 anyone who disagrees also rapes kids 👌
I am Shade (25 days ago)
The positions children are put in, in acting, is why my children will never be allowed to act. If they are over 18 and want to pursue it, that's their choice, before then it's a hard no. Sometimes it's not hard to see why former child stars lose their shit and get into hardcore drugs and alcohol.
Cali Espinoza (25 days ago)
Woah woah woah back up ............she had a child with her cousin?........
Swear To Me! (26 days ago)
Christian Bale was just brilliant in Empire of the sun! Already then
Jennifer Rivera (26 days ago)
Given what we now know about Hollywood's perverts, is it any surprise they're willing to have actual children act out their fantasies?

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