LIONS (M-Net, 8pm) - Set in 1960s Texas, this is the story of a timid teenager,
Walter (Haley Joel Osment), forced by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer
with his eccentric (and recently rich) great-uncles (Michael Caine and Robert
Duvall) on their farm.
from the obvious pleasure of seeing Caine and Duval share screen time, Secondhand
Lions also marks the transition of Osment from child actor to more meatier young
was catapulted to instant fame through his role in the 1999 film, The Sixth Sense,
in which he played a young boy with the ability to see and communicate with the
spirits of recently deceased people.
string of less successful films have followed, notably Pay it Forward (2000) and
Edges of the Lord (2001), and one bona fide hit, the 2001 futuristic thriller,
AI: Artificial Intelligence.
a few notable exceptions such as Drew Barrymore, not many child stars have been
able to reinvent themselves as successful adult performers.
fact, the kiddie fame playground is littered with has-beens and also-rans whose
adult careers almost invariable end up in TV movie or, worse, commercial deadends.
Macauley Culkin? Or Emmanuel Lewis of Webster?
however, has the potential to bridge the gap. He is, according to interviewers,
intelligent and sensitive, and, perhaps most importantly, extremely level-headed
about fame and celebrity.
roles, and the people he chooses to work with, will obviously be crucial over
the next few years if he hopes to avoid the Macauley trap.
good news is that Osment's next role definitely seems a step in the right direction.
Home of the Giants, he plays a young journalist who covers a basketball team as
it heads toward a state championship.
important to find roles with characters growing up," Osment has been quoted
as saying. "This is one of those characters that moves me along the timeline
in my career."
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