Teen actor Nathan Gamble talks featured role in Babel with Brad Pitt, and success of the Dolphin Tale movies
Teen Actor Nathan Gamble talks about playing Brad Pitt's son in Babel, and success of the Dolphin Tale movies. Also Nathan talks about attending the Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards.
Your first major motion picture role was in the critically acclaimed film, “Babel,” as Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett’s son, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. You were six years old! Congratulations! What a start! Tell us about how you found yourself auditioning for the role, getting to film in Mexico with those A-Listers, and being directed by such an iconic director? Please share some special memories from that experience
Babel has a special place in my heart, it was the movie where it all started. I remember very clearly having to go to LA with my mom and pop so I could audition with not only Alejandro, but also Elle Fanning! I couldn't believe it, because at the time I was just an unknown actor from Tacoma, Washington whose only other job was a microsoft commercial! So you could say this LA audition was a whole new world for me! I'm very blessed that I received the role, and before I knew it, I was rehearsing scenes on the streets of Tijuana! The only thing that was a slight bummer about filming was that I didn't actually get to have any scenes with Brad Pitt or Cate Blanchett. Thankfully, I did get to meet both of them at the premiere!
Your breakthrough role came in Joe Dante’s “The Hole,” a supernatural thriller released in 2009 where you played Lucas, one of the three main characters. The three of you uncover a haunted crawl space in their basement and in one scene, you fought off a possessed clown doll. What special inside info can you share about the making of “The Hole.” If you could create a film, what genre would you prefer and what character would you like to play?
The Hole is still to this day, the most fun I've ever had on a set. The cast was exceptional, Joe Dante was a joy to work with, and the script was fun, silly, exciting, and spooky. It was my cup of tea! I don't want to spoil too much for anyone who hasn't seen the movie yet, but let's just say that a certain someone got to keep a stuffed jester clown after the movie was done shooting. I've probably said too much already! I love suspense-thriller movies, so if I could write, direct, and star in a suspenseful film, my dreams would come true!
You’ve had the opportunity to play the 10-year-old son of Jennifer Anniston and Owen Wilson in “Marley and Me,” and Donnie Wahlberg’s son on the CW drama “Runaway.” You’ve been in dozens of other films. Television shows including “NCIS,” “Private Practice,” “House,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Good Luck Charlie,” “Without a Trace,” guest appearance on “CSI” and a recurring role on ‘The Goldbergs.” Since you work in both television and film, what similarities and what differences do you experience in each form of media? Do you have a preference?
It's hard to choose between film and television, I've experienced such great memories with both forms of media! But if I had to pick between the two, I tend to lean towards movies. On movie sets, you get to really build up a special relationship with the cast and crew since the filming can last from 4 weeks to 12 weeks! On most TV sets, filming one episode is only about a week, so it doesn't give you enough time to really get to know your fellow workers.
“The Dark Knight” is considered by many critics to be one of the best films of the 2000’s, as well as one of the best superhero films of all time. You played Gary Oldman’s son, James Gordon, Jr. in the Batman film. You worked alongside great talent such as Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, just to name a few. What did you learn from working with them in such an intense film? Can you tell us what direction Christopher Nolan gave you? Did you have any idea of how popular this film would be?
I was like a kid in a candy store on the set of The Dark Knight. Not just because I was filming scenes with the caped crusader, but also because I got to work with such impressive actors! Gary Oldman was amazing to work with and taught me how to keep a level head in Hollywood. All I remember about Christopher Nolan was that he wore suits everyday of filming! It still blows me away that I got to work with such a high caliber director, on such a massive movie set!
You starred in “Dolphin Tale,” and the sequel, “Dolphin Tale 2,” that co-starred Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr. and Kris Kristofferson. Your character, Sawyer, finds a dolphin, Winter, that has to have its tail surgically removed. The films are based on true events. Did you get to meet any of the marine biologists or family members that were involved in Winter’s survival story? Did you get to meet the real dolphin? What have you learned about marine conservation from being a part of this film?
Over the course of filming both Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, I have met countless marine biologists who helped Winter keep fighting, and each individuals stories are just as inspiring as the last. I am very fortunate that on both films, I got to swim and shoot with the real Winter at the real aquarium! How cool is that?! For the past 3 years, I have been the spokesperson for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, so you can imagine that I've learned a lot about marine life conservation! Even the smallest deed can go a long way. If you see any trash on the beach, pick it up; you could be saving endangered fish, or even dolphins!
Congratulations on your nominations for six Young Artist Awards, a nomination for a MovieGuide Award, and a nomination for a Fright Meter Award! You also attended the Teen Choice Awards, Young Hollywood Awards, and Nickelodeon Kids Sports Choice Awards. Share with us some of the highlights of the award ceremonies (I heard that Russell Wilson was at the Nickelodeon Kids Sports Choice Awards). What do you enjoy about being on the red carpet to promote films and other red-carpet events?
My favorite part about award ceremonies are the red carpet events before! Mostly because I can meet actors, or in my case, sports stars. It was over 3 years ago, but I remember the day i met my hero, Russell Wilson, like it was yesterday. It was a cool interaction because he noticed that I was wearing his jersey under my suit. I still have our picture together as my screen saver.
Eddie Lacy or Marshawn Lynch? Trevone Boykin or Austin Davis? How about those Seahawks! I got to sit on your left in the classroom scene in “All My Presidents,” and I would have liked that film to become a feature. You did an amazing job! You are a WA native and have trained some in the PNW. Tell us about doing TheFilmSchool’s Prodigy Camps here in WA State and what you have learned about the writing, directing and producing side of filmmaking.
These are easy. Even though he’s not on the Hawks anymore, I have to go with Lynch. And from what little I've seen from Boykin, I have to choose him. He's so dang fast! You know me well, clearly, because I can talk about the Hawks for days! Regarding the Prodigy Camp, I was a student for one year and on staff for five years! It's a wonderful experience for aspiring filmmakers who want to learn the in's and out's on how to tell a good story! I've written and directed four short films now, and the lesson from all of them that keeps coming up is, preparation. The harder you prepare, the better your final product will be!
“Swiped” is in Post-Production, and you have “A Dark Horse” and “Skate God” are in Pre-Production. What can you share about these upcoming films and what else should we be on the lookout for?
Swiped was a fun independent film I shot last summer in Florida. The premise is a couple guys create a new dating app that back fires tremendously! A Dark Horse will be shooting this September, and I couldn't be more excited about it!