Originally Posted by BoilerJim
I am really enjoying the show, but I'm not sure that I would have let my little child actress daughter even pretend to stab someone twice in the heart, especially in such a graphic manner. Isn't anything off limits anymore?
Originally Posted by Steve S
Sorta reminded me of Kirsten Dunst's performance in Inteview With the Vampire.
Or, how about Gregory Peck having to pretend to try and stab Harvey Stephens in "The Omen", only to be gunned down in the process (not long after the death of his own real life child, to boot)?
Or, how about
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Conor Donovan having pretend to shoot Michael C. Fuchs
in "12 and Holding"?
For that matter, the stabbing thing bothers you, but playing a child prostitue doesn't (something, by the way was portrayed by Brooke Shields in "Pretty Baby" and by Jodie Foster in "Taxi Driver")? Even worse, there's Paul Franklin Dano who prostitues himself for a paedophile after being caught stealing from him.
Heck, how many kids have played killers or demons or evil ghosts in movies...most significantly Linda Blair in The Exorcist, or several kids in "Children of the Corn" or even Rhoda Penmark in "The Bad Seed"?
Jackie Cooper was poorly treated and constantly humiliated on 3 different films he appeared in with Wallace Beery, who hated children.
I'm not sure you can ask if anything is off limits anymore when it really never was. Before the Hays Code and, later, film ratings, kids were made to do a lot of suspect things in movies going back to the beginning. So were adults, too. Even worse were things things kids had to do for almost no money before child labor and other laws were enacted - namely working in dangerous occupations or as prostitutes (which still happens). Child actors are fortunate to only have to pretend...Edited by NetworkTV - 9/2/12 at 12:17pm