Daeg Faerch

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Daeg Faerch
Faerch, Daeg (2007).jpg
Daeg Faerch at the 2007 Scream Awards
Born Daeg Neergaard Faerch
(1995-09-27) September 27, 1995 (age 19)
Uncertain (Denmark, Canada, or the United States)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Website
http://www.daegfaerch.com

Daeg Faerch /ˈdɡ ˈfɛərk/ [1] (born September 27, 1995)[2] is an actor/character actor.[3][4] His credits include a comedic role in Peter Berg's Hancock (2008) and, most notably, in the horror remake Halloween (2007). Faerch has also played in theatrical productions of Grapes of Wrath in which he played the role of Winfield, Marat/Sade in which he played the role of young Herald, Waiting for Godot playing the messenger, and Shakespeare Unabridged as a musical guest rapper. He has performed in Shakespeare productions, including Coriolanus, in which he played young Coriolanus, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Hamlet. He also landed the role of Pincegurre in the French play L'Impromptu de Théophile, as well as a role in the comedy The Nerd, in which he played the character Thor Waldgrave.[5] In addition to English, Faerch speaks French.

Halloween[edit]

Faerch was cast in the Halloween remake as a young Michael Myers, performing his own stunts.[6][7][8] Faerch's performance as the murderous young Myers was met with positive reviews. KPBS said of the young actor: "Daeg Faerch is key in making these early scenes work. He delivers a truly chilling performance as a surprisingly sweet, soft and feminine looking ten-year-old Myers. His physical appearance contrasts with his brutal actions and it’s only in his eyes that you perceive his true nature he skates .[9] Although Faerch was initially signed on to reprise his role as young Michael Myers in the sequel, Halloween II (then known as H2), after filming briefly in Georgia as young Michael[10] he was later recast because he had grown taller.[11] He was replaced by Chase Wright Vanek.

Other projects[edit]

Faerch has a cameo appearance as a character named Michel in the 2008 Will Smith film, Hancock,[12] where he plays a French punk who swears at Smith[7] and is thrown into the sky by the titular superhero for insulting him, but falls back to earth unharmed with Hancock catching him.

Faerch's other projects include the thriller Sebastian in the title role, which also features his mother;[13][14] the Christmas comedy Wreck the Halls starring Mickey Rooney as Santa Claus; the short film "Suffer the Little Children", based on a story by Stephen King co-starring his mother.[15] Faerch also performed in 2008 episodes of the TV show Pushing Daisies, as a German schoolboy. He also recently co-starred as a homosexual young man named Jesse in the award-winning short film, Mental.[16] On April 14, 2012, Faerch's 2010/2011 film Sebastian premiered at the Independent Film Quarterly (IFQ) Film and Webisode Festival, its only screening, where it also won Best Sci-Fi Feature.[17]

A serious, near-fatal head injury and emergency surgery put Faerch's career on hold in 2012.[citation needed] In April 2013, Faerch and Kimberly J. Brown were attached to star in a science fiction thriller entitled Out There..., to be directed by writer and Colorado native Bonné Bartron. It was to be filmed in Bartron's home state, and was originally to be funded through Kickstarter, but failed to meet its $200,000 goal.[18] Bartron then posted an update on Kickstarter, stating that she was taking the project to Indiegogo with flexible funding. According to Bartron, the campaign would be launched "in the coming days."[19] However, this never happened, but the film has a page on FilmBreak, where users can "hype" the film once every 24 hours. The current status of the film is unknown as of October 2014.

In August 2014, Faerch's mother announced on Facebook that he would be taking a break from his rap career to film a role "in the coming month." The project was later revealed to be Ditch Party, by the film's official Facebook page.[20]

Acclaim[edit]

Daeg was named best minor character in Miami Herald's 2008 Movie Yearbook for his role in Hancock.[21]

HorrorNews.net ranks Daeg in the all time Top Ten Kids in Horror.[22] Similarly, Fear Fragments.com ranks his Young Michael Myers as the No. 2 greatest "evil kid" performance in horror.[23] 411Mania.com ranks Michael Myers as portrayed by Fearch and Tyler Mane as #5 on its list of the Top 8 Asylum Inmates.[24]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2004 Seafood Heaven Boy
Jill Little Joshua
Earl's Your Uncle Ratt
2005 Frank's First Love Frank
Andrew the Pirate Tom
Life Ride Billy
Lovin' Scoopful Bully #1
Blind Doll Mute Child
2006 A Bullet Beyond Redemption Young Daniel
Pedoefylé Elvis Boy
Angry Ghost Bernard
Waiting Room Punk Kid
Coming to Town Alasdair Romer
Interminal Little Boy
2007 Front Jason
Lucky Numbers: A Musical Junior
Dark Mirror Neighbor Kid
Halloween Michael Myers, Age 10 a.k.a. Rob Zombie's Halloween
2008 The Liar Andy
Wreck the Halls Charles
Digits Matthew
Villa Nova Brian
Hancock Michel a.k.a. "Hidden from Earth" in the Philippines
Delaney Hercules
Pushing Daisies Ingmar Todd TV Series, 2 Episodes, "Comfort Food" & "Dim Sum Lose Some"
2009 Family of Four Joshua
Necromance David
Run! Bitch Run! Tommy
2010 Sebastian Sebastian Premiered April 14, 2012 in Los Angeles[25][26]
Mental Jesse
2013? Out There... Will Funding sought by Kickstarter from March 30 to April 30, 2013; failed to make budget goal. Writer-director Bonné Bartron will launch an Indiegogo campaign, with flexible funding, to fund the film "in the coming days."[19] Status unknown as of October 2014, but the film has a page on FilmBreak.
2015 Ditch Party[20] Filming in 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Faerch says that his name is pronounced Day () with a 'G' at the end of it. Thus Day-g F-air-k. It is pronounced this way on the Halloween commentary and special features; it was also pronounced as this way on the 2007 Spike Scream Awards, on which Faerch was a presenter.
  2. ^ http://www.californiabirthindex.org/birth/daeg_neergaard_faerch_born_1995_23600752
  3. ^ "Halloween – Cast or Crew Bio". Cinemareview.com. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  4. ^ "What agency does Canadian actor Daeg Faerch use?". 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  5. ^ "Daeg Faerch". Coronado Playhouse.com. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  6. ^ "Official Michael Myers Casting Confirmed!". Bloody Disgusting I. 2006-12-19. Retrieved 2007-10-26. 
  7. ^ a b "Interview: Daeg Faerch & Tyler Mane for Halloween". The Hollywood News. 2007-09-28. Archived from the original on 2007-10-18. Retrieved 2007-10-26. 
  8. ^ "Scary Revealing: Rob Zombie's Halloween Premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre". The Last Place. 2007-08-22. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  9. ^ "KPBS Movie Reviews >> Blog Archive >> Halloween". KPBS. 2007-08-31. Archived from the original on 2007-09-23. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  10. ^ The scene appears in the movie pretrailer shown on Entertainment Tonight(see YouTube clip) and the newly released teaser trailer (Youtube clip).
  11. ^ Mr. Disgusting (2009-03-03). "A New Young Michael Myers Arrives in Haddonfield". Bloody-Disgusting. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  12. ^ "Will Smith Plays a homeless, flip-flop-wearing superhero in Hancock". MTV News. 2007-09-03. Archived from the original on 2007-09-18. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  13. ^ Sebastian at the Internet Movie Database
  14. ^ "Sebastian – My new film". DaegFaerch.com. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Daeg Faerch – IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  16. ^ "Mental - Dramatic short film". Eightenmovie.com. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  17. ^ "Los Angeles, April 2012 Awards". independentfilmquarterly.com. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  18. ^ Pat Hill (2013-04-19). "Bartron to film in Colorado". ourcoloradonews.com. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  19. ^ a b Bonné Bartron (2013-04-30). "From the ashes rise a new opportunity". Kickstarter.com. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  20. ^ a b "Ditch Party (official Facebook)". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2014-09-12. 
  21. ^ Rene Rodriguez (2009-01-02). "2008 movie yearbook". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2009-01-03. [dead link]
  22. ^ http://www.horrornews.net/exclusives/html/Top_10_horror_child_stars.html
  23. ^ Stacey (2009-10-25). "Evil Kid Movies". Fear Fragments. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  24. ^ Jeremy Thomas (2012-03-13). "The Top 8 Movie Asylum Inmates". 411mania.com. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  25. ^ "IFQ: Sebastian". TicketWeb.com. 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  26. ^ "April 11-19, 2012 Press Release". IndependentFilmQuarterly.net. 2012-04-10. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 

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