I was thinking about this over the last week while watching Anchorman 2...
You know what I'm talking about: one or more scenes in a movie in which some of the actors are using swear words in the presence of child actors as young as four or five years old. I've always wondered what the process is when it comes to convincing the parents of the child to OK that stuff? Like, do the parents care, or do they try to explain to the child that those words shouldn't be repeated willy-nilly (at least not until they're in their teens or something), do they see the "artistic merit" in the dialogue or the scene? Anyone got any theories?
Depends entirely on the kid and their parents, probably. Not sure if the guild has any specific rules on it.
I do imagine that for many of the kids, it has to do with them treating it like a job. Chloe Moretz has said that she says stuff as Hit Girl she would not say off of the set, and that actors, child or otherwise, understand that.
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The funny thing about a Christmas Story is that its foul language content is comparable to Texas Chain Saw Massacre's gore - the amount that is implied vs what's actually there makes it seem much stronger than it really is.
I wonder if, for the scenes when an adult actor is swearing in the presence of children, they just have the actor say something benign like "biscuitpants" then redub the scene with the actual profanity for the film itself.
Post by Unaffiliated on Dec 30, 2013 8:57:50 GMT -5
I assume these kids already know these words, so there's no point in trying to shield them from the words. I, for one, have never seen the fuss with swear words being used. In many contexts, they don't do any harm. On the other hand, people can be horrible with words (like bullying) without resorting to swearing.
Post by wallabylikeyou on Dec 30, 2013 9:54:09 GMT -5
If there's one thing the parents of child actors aren't well known for, it's their dedication to raising their kids right and looking after their well being. Not that I think kids swearing is the absolute end of the world but it's hard to imagine Kit Culkin lecturing Macaulay for repeating "don't f*** with me" off set.