“Booking A Role Is Icing On The Cake:” A TDQ Q&A With Actor Bobby Batson

Bobby Batson

Bobby Batson on the red carpet talking about 90 Minutes in Heaven.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with young up and coming actor Bobby Batson. Bobby spoke to us about what he learned from Anakin Skywalker himself, his role in “90 Minutes in Heaven” and how great his dad is. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Bobby Batson: 

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?

Bobby Batson: I saw my sister Maggie acting and it inspired me to try it. I fell in love with it at my first audition. I love getting new auditions from my agents and working with my coaches on the auditions. Booking a role is icing on the cake.

TDQ: What’s your favorite movie and TV show?

BB: I love “The Avengers Age of Ultron.” “If you get hurt, hurt them back. If you die, walk it off.” “Wild Kratts” is my favorite TV show. I love to learn about animals.

TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve gotten?

BB: Stay strong and positive. I’m always strong and positive. For acting, I was told to act natural. When I am acting, I try to be the character. I try to act like the character would naturally act.

TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve gotten? 

BB: I don’t know of any bad advice I’ve gotten yet. I hope I don’t.

Bobby Batson

Bobby Batson with Hayden Christensen. They both appear in 90 Minutes of Heaven where we are pretty sure there a scene where Hayden’s character Don tell Bobby’s character Joe, “I am your father!” But, we might have imagined that.

TDQ: Who are your influences?

BB: Hayden Christensen is one of my influences. He has been acting since he was a kid like me and has been in some awesome movies! He is really kind too. My dad is the biggest influence! He works very hard for our family and always does the right thing. He was in the war and helped lots of people. He is so strong! His muscles are very big.

TDQ: What can you tell us about your character in “90 Minutes in Heaven?”

BB: I play Joe Piper. Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth play my parents. Joe is a good boy who tries to make his dad and family feel better through a very hard time. I make jokes and get to act silly in some parts of the movie but have to act sad in other parts.

TDQ: What was your experience like working with Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth? (And the next time you see Hayden, please tell him I LOVED “Shattered Glass.”)

BB: It was so much fun working with both of them. I will tell Hayden! He is such a nice man. He had a lot of patience answering my questions about “Star Wars” and all the stuff he had on him during “90 Minutes in Heaven.” He even gave me an action figure of Anakin Skywalker and signed it, “To Bobby- Awesome working together! Your pal, Hayden.” Kate is so pretty, and one of the nicest people in the whole world. She and Michael (Michael Polish is the director and Kate’s husband) brought cupcakes for everyone for Valentine’s Day. I think that makes me her Valentine.

TDQ: Did you talk to Hayden about him being in “Star Wars” and Kate playing Lois Lane?

BB: Yes. I asked him about how they did the scenes when they cut off his hand. He said he put a pouch on his hand that he could just slip on and off easily. It was really cool to talk to him about it. He said it was really fun to play Anakin Skywalker. I didn’t talk to Kate about Lois Lane. I will the next time I see her and let you know.

TDQ: What project are you working on right now?

BB: Right now I am auditioning for different roles. I hope I book something soon. I have been having callbacks and even put on hold but not book yet. I am playing football. I am very good at tackling.

TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?

BB: I will be a lead in a BIG movie or maybe a regular on a TV show. That is my dream. I will also be playing football, basketball and baseball.

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TDQ Investigates: Too Little, Too Late, George Lucas

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - Extra Footage

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi extra footage, brought to light 30 years after the fact, conveniently fills a major Lucas plot hole.

If you read the right websites (like we do), or even if you read the wrong websites (like we do), then you’ve come across the latest exciting “Star Wars” news involving some long-lost “footage” of Yoda exonerating Obi-Wan Kenobi of not telling Luke the truth about his parentage.

The Facebook page Return of the Jedi Long Lost Edit Droid Laserdisc Discovered has been posting snippets with this “footage,” a short clip at a time, and in doing so, has put on the web a cut scene where Yoda is yammering on and on while on his death… area in his hut/cave thing. And he supposedly tells Luke that Obi-Wan would have spilled the beans about Vader SPOILER ALERT being Luke’s deadbeat Force-choking father long before now if Yoda had only let him.

The footage also is supposed to prove that George Lucas had addressed the whole issue of why Obi-Wan was so lousy at providing details that were shown in the “prequel” trilogy.

But we have to call BS, George. Nice try, but do you really think that we Fan Boys are going to forget how miserably you’ve treated us the past 20 years and how you’ve sullied your reputation and alienated your fan base with your re-releases and bonuses and Hayden Christensen insertions? Nope.

And no “newly discovered revelations” about how you had filled one of perhaps the LARGEST PLOT HOLES IN THE HISTORY OF CINEMA is going to repair the damage you’ve done.
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Yoda And Chewie’s Makeup Artist, Stuart Freeborn, Passes Away

Stuart Freeborn

Amazingly enough Stuart Freeborn did his own makeup for his open casket wake.

London—Stuart Freeborn, the movie makeup artist famous for designing Yoda and Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, died. He was 98.

“Star Wars” director/franchise destroyer George Lucas said in a statement that Freeborn was “already a makeup legend” when Lucas convinced him to work on “Star Wars.” Shortly after releasing a statement about Freeborn, Lucas amended the statement adding Hayden Christensen for no apparent reason.

Michelle Freeborn, Freeborn’s granddaughter, confirmed his death Tuesday in London from natural causes.

Freeborn began his career in the 1930s, and served in the Royal Air Force service during World War II.

After the war, he returned to work in the British cinema and gained a name for himself thanks to his makeup work on “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” and “Oliver Twist,” before going on to work with Stanley Kubrik turning Peter Sellers into multiple characters for “Doctor Strangelove.” He again worked with Kubrik on “2001: A Space Odyssey,” where he designed the ape costumes at the beginning of the film.
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