Monday, August 3, 2009

MMFATA: Ethan Peck...

No one knew much about Ethan Peck when he played Young Kelso on That 70s Show. The quiet and studious actor didn't make waves on that set but definitely seemed to pick up a lot of pointers in the profession. His breakout role came only a few years later, in an independent film that got most of its buzz for its co-star, Mariah Carey, but Peck was the one who really shined. Maybe there actually is something to be learned from the man-boy mind of Ashton Kutcher, or maybe acting really is in the genes (Peck's grandfather is To Kill A Mockingbird's Gregory), but whatever the reason, he is the force to be reckoned with in the new class of young Hollywood.

Why My Friends Are Talking About Him: Unfortunately, no one really got to catch his heartbreaking performance as a young photography student dying of cancer in the aforementioned Lee Daniels' Tennessee. The film had its release date pushed back countless times, and then it finally opened to a very limited number of theaters and in few cities. Now, Peck is getting noticed for his work in ABC Family Channel's adaptation of Ten Things I Hate About You. He plays Patrick, the role immortalized by Heath Ledger in the nineties film version, but he has been receiving great praise for making it his own and not copying the fallen star. Peck is being hailed as a young James Dean-- the kind of classic actor we thought were lost with his grandfather's generation-- and everyone is excited to see him play more somber and sensitive when Tennessee finally hits DVD on September 1.

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