Bobby Coleman is the 10-year-old star of Martian Child, a movie in which he plays an abandoned and socially rejected little boy who claims hes from Mars, opposite screen vet John Cusack.
Coleman says he decided to take on the tough role when he was just eight years old, after reading the touching script with his mom, dad, and sister.
He explains, My characters name is Dennis and hes this troubled kid because his parents left him and all of these kids make fun of him. When I read the script with my family we thought, How did it feel for all those kids to be mean to him, and for his parents to leave him, that he just closed up because people hurt him emotionally. I thought it was a good story.
And since Colemans character in the film gets picked on, he hopes kids realize how hurtful teasing can be.
Coleman says hes Never, ever been a bully himself and has some wise words for all the bad bullies of the world.
He scolds, Just be nice, guys!
Martian Child, also starring Amanda Peet, is in theaters now.
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