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Child actor hooked on Peter Pan role
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Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Ouzounian, Richard
Date: Dec 23, 2003
Start Page: D.09
Section: Entertainment
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"So we did our sword-fighting thing, and then on my way to the airport, P.J. drew a picture and showed it to me and asked 'Who is this?' and I said 'It's [Peter Pan].' And he said 'No, it's Jeremy Sumpter, you've got the part.'

Jeremy Robert Myron Sumpter and his twin sister Jessica were born on Feb. 5, 1989 in Carmel, Calif., but at the age of 10 months, his parents Gary and Sandy moved the family to Mount Sterling, Ky. Once there, Jeremy started displaying an amazing penchant at a young age for all of the arts, and by the time he was 6, his paintings were being displayed in exhibitions and he was performing at local fairs.

Jeremy Sumpter, 14, plays the title role in P.J. Hogan's live- action remake of Peter Pan, opposite Rachel Hurd-Wood as Wendy Darling. "I told my manager he had to get me an audition for the part," says Sumpter, "because it was the coolest thing in the world. Why? Because it's about a boy who never grows up, who can do everything. It's what every kid wants." The movie opens Thursday.

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