The Omen, a supernatural thriller staring the antichrist himself, opened 06/06/06. This is the remake of the 1976 original starring Gregory Peck. I haven’t seen the movie yet but watching the trailer recently, it occurred to me, what kind of parent lets their seven year old star in a film like The Omen? How does this not mess with the kid’s head?
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, a seven year old 1st grader from New York was selected by director John Moore for his ability to "look evil." Jim Fitzpatrick, Seamus’ father, also has this ability and has put it to use in a few scary flicks of his own 1, 2, 3. Jim has a starring role in the upcoming The Belly of the Beast Satan flick. Can you imagine the conversations Jim and Seamus must have? "Dad, I just can’t get the demon voice right. How do I make it sound really evil."
I’m sure Jim is very proud of his son and I’m sure they have a lot to talk about but is a role like this really in Seamus’ best interests? Maybe the family has good sense of humor about it, maybe Seamus is super smart and this kind of thing just roles off him, but as the parent of a four year old I can’t see this not messing with the kid’s head. Getting "into character" at seven years old and back out probably isn’t as easy as it sounds. Go kill your "pretend" parents Seamus and look evil doing it! Take 1, Take 2, Take 3 – can’t be easy to just put behind you at seven. I’ll end this post with a quote from Seamus’ grandmother Margaret Davey (80).
‘I know there are parts where I’ll keep my eyes closed,” Davey says. ”He kills his mother and his father, but at least he doesn’t kill his grandmother.” [source]