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Richard Linklater's Boyhood Films With Same Child Actor For 12 Years! He's 18 Now And The Movie Is Done!

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Director Richard Linklater has been working on one seriously ambitious project for the past 12 years!!

It's a film called Boyhood and it's a coming of age story that follows a young, 6-year-old boy who grows into an 18-year-old man.

The insanely impressive part about all of this? The film's lead, Ellar Coltrane, plays his character at every different age, while actually that age!

That's right, the film was in production on-and-off for over a decade.

Since Ellar was only 6 when the project started, there were no obligations to continue with the film.

Linklater said:

"You wouldn't contract anyone to do something like this for 12 years, much less a 6-year-old. My hope was that his parents and him would see this as a positive thing in his life and a fun thing to be involved in every year."

It's such a crazy idea but the whole cast kept always coming back for more!

Linklater's own daughter Lorelei plays the sister in the film and Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette play their divorced parents.

Coltrane, the film's lead, said:

"As time kept going, I became less passively involved in the movie. Intellectually, an 8-year-old actor is only so aware of what he’s doing. When I got older, I was a lot more collaborative. I got more and more confident with asserting myself… and with the process."

That's an incredible idea for a film!

It's like a reverse Benjamin Button, where a child is born young… and ages normally… hmm, we guess every movie is a reverse Benjamin Button.

But this one at least uses the same actors to play their aging selves!

Can't wait to see the film!

[Image via Matt Lankes/IFC Films.]

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One comment to “Richard Linklater's Boyhood Films With Same Child Actor For 12 Years! He's 18 Now And The Movie Is Done!”

  1. Annie says – reply to this


    This movie is so beautiful. Very moving and very funny. Just unforgettable.