From sex dolls to demons, do adult films mess up kiddie actors?

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From sex dolls to demons, do adult films mess up kiddie actors?

Children are often expected to do highly inappropriate things on screen. Former child stars tell us how it affected them

Alex Godfrey

In Good Boys, the new film from producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, boys on the brink of adolescence have comic encounters with sex aids, sex dolls and drugs. By his own admission, 12-year-old actor Jacob Tremblay swears “like in every single scene”.

It has an R rating, meaning its young stars are not legally allowed to see it. It is appropriately inappropriate.

In the film business, children are legally protected against anything obviously exploitative or sexual on productions. Labour laws regarding what child actors can do (working hours, permits, on-set teacher requirements, etc) differ from country to country, and state to state. California, where the major studios are still clinging on, boasts the strictest, longest list of rules, including a ban of on-set cigarettes and a hard line on any nudity – a scene in Zac Snyder’s Man of Steel featuring a naked baby Superman was filmed in Vancouver instead...

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