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Grandson of Obion resident has role in ‘The Lucky One’

Grandson of Obion resident has role in ‘The Lucky One’

Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012 8:00 pm

Grandson of Obion resident has role in ‘The Lucky One’ | The Lucky One, Cole Jackson

By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Evelyn Jackson of Obion has a special reason to watch the movie “The Lucky One.” Her grandson, Cole Jackson of Germantown, has a supporting role in the movie.
Cole is the son of Wes and Suzanne Jackson and is in the seventh grade at Evangelical Christian School in Germantown.
“The Lucky One” is an adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel and is directed by Scott Hicks. It is a Warner Brothers production. The main character, U.S. Marine Sgt. Logan Thibault, is played by Zac Efron, while his love interest is Beth, played by Taylor Schilling, a single mom who runs a dog kennel in a small town in the Louisiana swamps. Actress Blythe Danner plays Beth’s grandmother.
Beth has a son named Ben, played by Riley Thomas Stewart. Cole’s role in the movie is “teasing boy 2.” He taped his part while spending about two or three weeks in New Orleans during November 2010.
Cole said he sent in an audition tape for the part. He said normally to get a role, the director will do a call back if he wants to try the actor out for a part, but, “The director said he liked me so much he cast me from the tape.”
He said in the movie, he and another boy tease Riley’s character because he plays the violin. The two teasing boys get to see and hear Ben during a church performance and realize just how good he plays. They then feel bad about teasing him.
Cole said he had seen Efron in “High School Musical” and never thought he’d ever get to actually meet him. He not only met the movie star, but got to interview him for his school newspaper. Cole said when Efron was younger, he played Michael in “Peter Pan” — a role Cole acted out for Playhouse on the Square.
Usually actors in supporting roles don’t get to walk the red carpet at premiers, but Cole was an exception. The youngster said he had written the director to thank him for the opportunity and to ask if a spot could be reserved near the red carpet so he and his mother could see the actors going into the premier. Within 24 hours, Sparks had emailed Cole, inviting him and his mother to not only walk the red carpet and see the Hollywood premier, but to attend an after party.
“It was way beyond my expectations,” Cole said, adding he got to meet all the main people, but spent most of the evening with Riley. The two even had breakfast together the next morning as they were staying in the same hotel.
While in Hollywood, his talent agent got him an interview with CESD talent agency where he was give a script to audition for a part in a new pilot for Disney.
Cole first got the acting bug when he was in the fourth grade. He said some classmates of his were talking about being in plays and he thought it might be fun.
He was named to the supporting cast in “Kid’s Cabaret,” which was the first play he had ever auditioned for. But, he would soon see starring theater roles in the Memphis area such as Michael in “Peter Pan,” Edmund in “Narnia,” Colin in “The Secret Garden” and Chip in “Beauty and the Beast.” He was also a Munchkin and in the Lollipop Guild for Orpheum Theatre national tour of “Wizard of Oz.”
Cole also played the young Victor Marx in Flashlight Studios production of “The Victor Marx Story.”
The seventh-grader, who is managed by Elzemeyer Talent Agency, has also done numerous television and print advertising pieces, including a marketing campaign for Graceland and advertising campaigns for King Cotton/Monogram Foods.
He was a finalist on “America’s Got Talent,” appearing in the Houston show during season 4.
Cole also enjoys playing basketball and video games. “Normal kid stuff,” he said.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by email at dryder@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 4.30.12

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