Youngster enjoys 'Lawless' role
By NICHOLE GOLDEN
The motion picture “Lawless” not only features beautiful Coweta landscapes, but also the talents of young Coweta actor Duncan Nicholson.
The son of Lisa and James Nicholson, Duncan filmed his scenes about 16 months ago as a then 8-year-old.
A home-schooled student, Duncan earned the role following two auditions and a meeting with director John Hillcoat.
Duncan’s casting in the film was an “awesome opportunity,” says Lisa Nicholson. “We’re very honored.”
Having acted previously in an independent film, Duncan found that the big-budget production of Lawless was a “totally different environment,” said Nicholson.
Duncan is featured in a Suntory Juice commercial that airs in Japan, and has done commercial voiceover work. His independent short film work includes “Pinky Swear.”
Duncan has spent time in Los Angeles, and currently trains with an acting coach by Skype. He and his family will soon return to California to work on some other projects.
A student at Southern Crescent Academy of Dance, Duncan takes hip-hop dance lessons. He also enjoys swimming, karate and is active in his church. “James and I keep it real,” said Lisa Nicholson about her children’s routines.
Duncan’s older sister, Skylar is an actress. She portrayed Alice in “Alice in Wonderland” this summer at Serenbe and also was featured in a recent episode of Drop Dead Diva with Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms.
On the set of “Lawless”, Duncan particularly enjoyed time with Shia LaBeouf, and Tom Hardy. Nicholson said Duncan doesn’t realize they are stars, and just looks at them as new friends.
The Nicholsons saw the film as a family recently. “It’s everything we thought it was going to be,” said Nicholson.
Because the movie includes violence and Duncan’s parents were fully informed in advance, his eyes were covered for particular scenes. The message that young Duncan took away from the film was one of brotherhood and loyalty. Nicholson said that her son’s take was “those brothers really loved each other.”
Duncan’s scenes were filmed in Gay, Woodbury and Whitesburg and some were cut from the finished product. “You never know what’s going to hit the cutting room floor,” said Nicholson. “It’s just part of it.”
Over the Labor Day weekend, “Lawless” took in $12.8 million dollars, and is in second in ticket sales at the box office. The movie is playing at local theaters.