Movie Roles That Were Too Mature For Child Actors

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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
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2 dic 2017

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Comentarios 3 261
Looper Hace un año
What other movie roles do you think should've made this list?
Oz Akman
Oz Akman Hace 2 días
The sixth sense??¿??????
Bella Gonzales
Bella Gonzales Hace 4 días
Looper Isabelle Fuhrman in orphan
artemis arrow
artemis arrow Hace 7 días
maybe pick some male child actors?
Jackie Loyd
Jackie Loyd Hace 7 días
The girl next door..the one movie even Stephen king sats he has trouble watching is a true story about a young girl being abused and tortured almost to death that's a little kids who's doing it and that's honestly way worse then half the movies you should on this list..
lydiaagizellee Hace 14 días
Did everyone just forget about American Beauty??
seqingnicole Hace 10 horas
damn they were so good wtf
mackenzie jones
mackenzie jones Hace 10 horas
“Making movies isn’t child’s play” yknow... except the movie child’s play
·Akörn· Hace un día
8:40 OMG that’s the image of the girl that pops up in the “scary maze” game!!!
AestheticLili Hace un día
I watched Romeo and Juliet so many times in year eight oh gosh
greekgodlamb Hace un día
How about Saoirse Ronan in Hanna, she was 16..
Brian K.
Brian K. Hace un día
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
Tamara Smith Hace 2 días
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
Lily Anna Hace 2 días
what about evie and tracey from thirteen? ( i forgot the names of the actresses lmao)
Shanelle Biddle
Shanelle Biddle Hace 3 días
Kick ass was a good movie
Doctor Roses
Doctor Roses Hace 3 días
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
Megan Wazowski Hace 3 días
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 Hace 3 días
RIP Mac Miller
IeatyellowSNO Hace 3 días
The good son was a great movie. For most of these people, their younger role was much better than their adult roles.
Shelyna Emerald
Shelyna Emerald Hace 3 días
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
Andrew Danner Hace 3 días
Seen it seen it seen it seen it
Karin Allen
Karin Allen Hace 4 días
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
Trex The Third Hace 4 días
I reckon the Hebrews are at fault for this
Jessica Rodriguez
Jessica Rodriguez Hace 4 días
What about Once Upon a Time in America
I Smell Toast
I Smell Toast Hace 4 días
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
Amythyst Parker Hace 4 días
Miss Victoria
Miss Victoria Hace 5 días
3:38 OMG IT'S BABY FRODO!!!!!! Sorry
Ultraviolet Morgan
Ultraviolet Morgan Hace 6 días
Cloe Moretz was also in a movie called "Let Me In" which was even more disturbing and had some pedo undertones.
naerial Hace 6 días
Just ask, does it make children look sexy? Then don't do it.
George Barrett
George Barrett Hace 6 días
“How dare they cast a child in the role of a child.” FFS GTFO. This channel seems to thrive on pot stirring.
Nakith Nakitah
Nakith Nakitah Hace 6 días
Where is MY LIFE AS A DOG?!
Cheza Rose
Cheza Rose Hace 6 días
The good son is one of the best movies ever
Kiyle Kitty
Kiyle Kitty Hace 7 días
Is that Holland Roden at 00:10
Mary eunice
Mary eunice Hace 7 días
forgot danelle Harris from Halloween 😆😆
M.J. Dossey
M.J. Dossey Hace 7 días
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 Hace 7 días
im surprised mysterious skin wasnt on here, that was messed up and very sad
TIAGO FLYNN Hace 7 días
Now I guess everyone who's watching this as a kid or an adult is rethinking being an actor
çeci n’est pas une pipe
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
Briana Abrams Hace 7 días
MaddaM Metzo
MaddaM Metzo Hace 8 días
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 Hace 8 días
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 Hace 8 días
The Good Son is one of my favorite movies...
Frankie Phillips
Frankie Phillips Hace 10 días
Is the professional the American title for Leon?
Ashlee Knowlton
Ashlee Knowlton Hace 10 días
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 Hace 10 días
Michael Jackson WAS a Pedo! Look at his girlfriends - Brooke Sheilds, Tatum O'Neil - he was picturing them when they were children.
Inu Kazam
Inu Kazam Hace 10 días
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
David Lindsey Hace 10 días
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
Chris Macks Hace 10 días
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
Abdul Aziz Azmi Hace 10 días
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
Hannah Shoshana Hace 10 días
It really helped Tatum O'Neal that she was costarring with her father, a genuinely loving parent.
Hannah Shoshana
Hannah Shoshana Hace 10 días
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
Deborah Meyer Hace 11 días
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
Tishara Doby Hace 11 días
The exorcist was one of the first paranormal kind of movie
Tishara Doby
Tishara Doby Hace 11 días
When I first saw kids I was disgusted
Salmakia77 Hace 11 días
Excuse me, but if the characters are kids who should play them? 60-year-olds? 🙄🤔
Alex Walker
Alex Walker Hace 11 días
Some of these are just people being sensitive
E. Williamson
E. Williamson Hace 13 días
Bugsy Malone was just Chicago for kids - discuss.
Donki Kick
Donki Kick Hace 13 días
Why do captions go to great lengths to censor words that could be considered buzz words?
Eli Reinhart
Eli Reinhart Hace 14 días
And now we have Riverdale, with 26 year olds playing 16.
Chelsea Granger
Chelsea Granger Hace 14 días
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 Hace 14 días
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 Hace 14 días
Pretty baby
David Samuel Peckinpah
Meanwhile In every country in Europe...
David Samuel Peckinpah
Yeah Kirsten Dunst tore it up in Interview. One of the best movies of the Era.
omg me too
omg me too Hace 15 días
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
Harold Johnson Hace 16 días
The professional was awsome
Keith Weidner
Keith Weidner Hace 16 días
Zen-yuh, lol.
P. Candice Goddard
P. Candice Goddard Hace 16 días
The baby from The Blue Lagoon was cute.
Isha Kudale
Isha Kudale Hace 16 días
Jake Gyllenhaal in october sky
kissepurr Hace 17 días
Dunst who? A list... I think not
Arty Choke
Arty Choke Hace 17 días
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
Queen Mercy Makeup Hace 17 días
Damian Oman should be on here.
Lee Croft
Lee Croft Hace 17 días
I always imagined The Good Son was the real Home Alone 3. Makes the first two Home Alone movie's more interesting.
Nuppy Hace 17 días
I swear to God if kick-ass is on this list I'm gonna stab somebody
Nuppy Hace 3 días
I actually didn't watch the whole video, but just in case yeah I'll do it anyway
Sammy -Chan
Sammy -Chan Hace 3 días
Did u stab anybody?
Kerri P
Kerri P Hace 18 días
Ummm Tatum O’Neil and Jodie Foster in Foxes? Lol.
Kerri P
Kerri P Hace 17 días
Sorry, Not "Foxes", should have said "Little Darlings"
MichelleLove85 Hace 18 días
Kids was a jacked up movie.
Von Jones
Von Jones Hace 18 días
Ammara Shah
Ammara Shah Hace 18 días
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
Eve lyn Hace 18 días
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
Glittery Kittery Hace 18 días
How about "Bastard Out of Carolina?"
Alia Ris
Alia Ris Hace 18 días
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
Shelbs McGregor Hace 19 días
What about the shining???
JINLOVE011 Hace 19 días
I love natalie portman
JackieFuckingChan Hace 19 días
I love kickass
The Menagerie K
The Menagerie K Hace 19 días
Kids should have been number 1
Anonymous Don
Anonymous Don Hace 19 días
Ummm why sprouse twins the heart is deceitful above all things wasn't on here it should have been number one
TG Huffine
TG Huffine Hace 20 días
These Hollywood sickos "love" children, but not in the Normal Way!
Carolina Navarro
Carolina Navarro Hace 20 días
nikki reed in 13
Ava McGhee
Ava McGhee Hace 20 días
I loved the movie the interview with the vampire
S H O O T I E Hace 21 un día
If Hit Girl was older, it wouldn't be cool
cheyenne_kim Hace 21 un día
I'm 19, I literally look 14. HIRE ME PLEASE!
rg lma
rg lma Hace 21 un día
Brooke did have a body double for the nude scenes during Blue Lagoon
jimins jams
jimins jams Hace 21 un día
Claire Danes was very lucky to work with Leonardo DiCaprio :((
Blood doesn't make a family
DAKOTA FANNING AAAAAAAH I love Dakota fanning so much.
yiki yiki yeet
yiki yiki yeet Hace 22 días
isn't kevin from home alone already a "cold blooded pint sized psychopath"
Lexis Hendrix
Lexis Hendrix Hace 22 días
I thought it was Interview With the Vampire?
Manda George
Manda George Hace 23 días
I actually live close-ish to Xenia. It’s actually pronounced “zeen-ya” not “zen-ya” :)
MadakiNomaroishi Hace 23 días
Hollywood will do anything to rape kids 👌 anyone who disagrees also rapes kids 👌
I am Shade
I am Shade Hace 23 días
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
Cali Espinoza Hace 23 días
Woah woah woah back up ............she had a child with her cousin?........
Swear To Me!
Swear To Me! Hace 24 días
Christian Bale was just brilliant in Empire of the sun! Already then
Jennifer Rivera
Jennifer Rivera Hace 24 días
Given what we now know about Hollywood's perverts, is it any surprise they're willing to have actual children act out their fantasies?
Destiny Kemp
Destiny Kemp Hace 24 días
uh what Romeo and Juliet have you been reading????
Chris Andrew
Chris Andrew Hace 24 días
I have worked on many films and believe me, what happens on set is so disconnected from reality.
Denise Eulert
Denise Eulert Hace 24 días
Back in 1919 D.W. Griffith made the movie "Broken Blossoms" starring the 25-year old Lillian Gish as a 14-year old girl. It was such a harrowing role that he told her he was casting an older person because a teen couldn't do what he was going to put her through. Maybe a kid could have done it but I kind of agree with him.
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