Cameron Boyce followed the prep method of “Runt,” the indie drama that follows his character Cal, a high school student who is neglected by the adults in his life and becomes the target of bullying, which drives him to resort himself. to violence. “Runt” became the actor’s final film before his death from an epileptic seizure on July 6, 2019.
Nicole Elizabeth Berger, who stars in the film alongside Boyce as Cecily, said she was thrilled for audiences to see Boyce’s final work. “It’s bittersweet not having Cameron with us,” Berger said. “But I’m glad his legacy lives on through the magnificent work he did.”
Berger also offered advice for those who experience bullying or estranged family relationships, such as Boyce’s character in the film. “It’s very easy to take the wrong path, and it’s hard to get out of it and get back up,” the star said. “So if you don’t have a support system and you’re in the same situation as those kids in the movie, seek help, find a mentor, and talk to someone. It’s hard, but it’s never too late. »
Aramis Knight, who plays Vic in the film, honored Boyce before the Los Angeles premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater on September 22. “I think he’s really special in this movie,” Knight said. “Hopefully they can see a side of Cameron that they haven’t seen before.”
Disney Channel’s best friend and “Jessie” co-star Karan Brar said he knows how important the film is to Boyce. “I’m really proud of him as a best friend.”
Sarah Jefferey, who starred alongside Boyce in the “Descendants” franchise, said Boyce looks forward to audiences seeing the film. “I remember hearing him talk about it when we were filming ‘Descendants’. He was really excited for it, which makes it really emotional.
Libby and Victor Boyce talked about the premiere of “Runt” and watched their son once again on the big screen. “It’s very bittersweet,” Victor said. “We are very happy that he is out and we are proud of our son’s work.” Libby Boyce added: “We know how much he put into it and it shows and so we’re very proud of that.”
After the star’s death, the Cameron Boyce Foundation was established, honoring his legacy in reducing gun violence and curing epilepsy – issues Boyce was passionate about.
“We’ve been surprised by the growth we’ve had since the start,” Victor said. “In two years, we have already funded some major epilepsy research grants and raised over $1 million. We partner with other organizations that Cameron loved and supported.
“After Cameron passed away, it was very tragic for everyone and the whole community came together and wanted to support each other as best they could,” Brar said. “Right now the focus is on fighting epilepsy – Sudep in particular, and finding the cure. I think the conversation around epilepsy doesn’t have as many nuances and we hope to expand that conversation.
“Being part of the foundation, we’re so grateful for ‘Runt’s support for us, but tonight is just about celebrating one of his latest works,” said member actress Sophie Reynolds. of the foundation’s advisory board.
“Runt” was Boyce’s heaviest role, moving him away from the comedic role in the Disney Channel franchise. “People thought of him as a Disney character and he was very good at Disney,” Libby Boyce said. “But he was also into acting, and it was really important for him to get that part and show off his acting skills – he wasn’t just a comedy actor for Disney, he was a truly amazing actor.”
“Runt” hits theaters on October 1.