Variety: "Young actors bring fresh approach to roles"
Variety magazine has an article out titled "Young actors bring fresh approach to roles."
Besides translating the script to the screen, school-age thesps have the added requirement of staying current with their studies. That was the case for [Joel] Courtney and five other young actors at the center of "Super 8," J.J. Abrams' sci-fi yarn about a group of friends making a zombie movie who find themselves in the midst of a catastrophic train crash.
"I would get homework from my school in Idaho, do it and send it back. That's basically how it would go," explains Courtney, a high school freshman who starred as one of the young filmmakers. "There was one teacher for five of us guys, and she was very busy."