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In the 1931 movie Skippy, 9-year-old Jackie Cooper had 3 crying scenes but had trouble crying on cue. One of the scenes involved a dog. The director Norman Taurog, also Jackie's uncle, had a security guard take the dog out of sight. When Norman threatened to have the dog shot, Jackie stayed dried-eyed, so Norman arranged to have a pistol shot heard. After the shot, Norman said, "The policeman has shot your dog. . . [because] [y]ou're more interested in the dog than you are in your work." After capturing Jackie's flood of tears on camera, they gave him ice cream. For his role, Jackie was nominated for an Oscar. Not surprisingly, he is quoted as saying, "No amount of rationalization, no excuses, can make up for what a kid loses -- what I lost -- when a normal childhood is abandoned for a movie career."
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6 comments:

Cooper said...

We see how kid actors lives turn out time and time again..Jackie Cooper was one of the luckier ones...

Grillman and Luna said...

Welcome back, O.F., and thanks for a post to ponder. Tough enough growing up, but to be a kid AND be on the line to make bucks for somebody, that is more than tough. Ask Oliver Twist.

R.E.H. said...

I believe they would get in a lot of trouble if they tried to pull a stunt like that these days.

Child actors are being overprotected these days on the movie set... media, however, is making life hard on them.

40 Forever said...

That's really messed up.

kasper794 said...

Great job as always

Sandy Kessler said...

i always wondered if that story was true ND IT IS !!