Originally Posted by Rambo
They are great, but this guy isn't a teen is he? I thought he was in his mid-20's. That's another thing I've never been able to understand about these casting decisions. Why not just cast a fucking teenager?
There are all sorts of reasons why people hate to cast minors. For one thing, labor laws prevent them from working more than 9 hours a day. Because you get fewer hours per day, you draw out the total duration of the production to add more weeks to the shoot. This is incredibly expensive. You're also legally obligated to provide on-set tutoring and other shit. Finally, there are limits on what sort of situations and conditions under which you can and cannot display a minor on screen. Lots of violence is usually questionable, as are lots of romantic situations. Also, as has been said, most kids just can't fucking act. All said and done, it's a huge pain in the ass. This is why you almost always see actors over the age of 18 cast in younger starring roles.