There’s not many kids than can say they’ve been in a feature film with Russell Crowe, so we were desperate to sit down with this little legend to get the inside scoop! Morrison and his mum sat down with us to tell us what the experience was like!
So, Morrison, what film were you in?
The True History of the Kelly Gang
How old were you at the time?
I was nine but I was playing a character who was six. I’m pretty little for a nine year old.
What was your favourite part of the filming?
It’s hard to choose but, meeting all those new people! That was great. And the food! The catering is pretty amazing.
What was it like being on the set of a feature film?
I felt kind of nervous, but it’s fun and exciting. It’s amazing to see the sets and scenery. The amount of people it takes to make a movie is mind-blowing! It’s not just the actors on set, there’s camera crew, directors, stagehands, on set dressers, lighting people and countless others.The actors actually make up the smallest group.
Do you remember your audition? How did you feel at the time?
I don’t get nervous, I work on the script with my family. Then I just do it! First we did a self-tape and then we got a call back. Then another call back. And then ANOTHER call back!
How excited were you when you found out you got the part?
I was very excited and speechless when I got a call saying that I got the part. Mum put me on the phone with my agent and I was just speechless.
How did you catch up with your school work?
My teacher prepared some to take with me so it wasn’t a problem. There were three other kids and a baby onset too, so we all hung together and did art projects and mostly talked and ate, we did LOTS of eating!
Who would be your favourite actor to star alongside in your dream movie?
Probably Russell Crowe but now I’ve done that! Next, Jack Black, he’s very funny like my Mum.
What’s your favourite film?
Avengers End Game was pretty great.
If you could be in any TV Show, what would it be and why?
The Morrison Scott Show 🙂 I love to write, produce and edit my own work. I put stuff up on my new YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRbzwlQ9xjEZ7FxPLTSNINA
Do you want to be an actor when you’re older? If not, what’s your dream job?
Yes, definitely. I want to be an actor when I get older because I can’t think of a better way to earn money by meeting new people and having fun, telling amazing stories and bringing them to life.
For Morrison’s Mum:
How did you feel taking Morrison for his first audition?
Amused. I have a performance background so Mo and his brother Spike have been around live performance, stand-up and small sets. Mo has always been an intuitive little actor, right from tiny. He’s really amazing to watch and I love seeing him get better and better at his craft.
How did you feel when he got the part?
We were SO proud of him. The audition process was v-e-r-y long and the silences in between call backs were deafening. He was so professional throughout the whole process, he really took it in his stride. He’d done a few commercials and some tv work before hand, but nothing this big.
What was it like being on set?
He was VERY lucky. It was an amazing cast and crew to be amongst. The adult actors went out of their way to include the kids and spend time with them. Everyone! The actors playing older versions of the character Mo and the other boy, Orlando play came to set to spend time with their little selves. They’re never in a scene together, obviously, so it was really beautiful that they took the time. There were four other kids (playing siblings) and a baby on set in total and they all got along great. They played, looked for wildlife, kicked around a soccer ball in between takes. There was lots of laughing together and lots of food! They did little art projects and played on their tablets, but mostly talking, a lot of talking! We have kept in touch and the kids will share that experience for the rest of their lives. It was pretty surreal.
Did Morrison manage to keep up with his school work?
He’s a pretty bright spark, so that’s never been an issue for him. Primary school is not as full-on as high school. We’ll cross that bridge as we get to it.
What advice would you give to parents of aspiring actors?
Be sure it’s what they want to do. There’s a LOT of rejection. A lot of, ‘no’. If your kid wants to ‘be on tv’ or ‘be famous’ it’s going to be a road to a lot of heartache. But, if they’re driven by it, if it’s they find ways to be creative regardless of there being work or not, grab the opportunities with both hands and do all you can to support them. My niece and nephew are great at sports. They play football and cricket. My two are excellent little writers, actors, directors and editors! Our Sunday mornings involve driving to casting directors, instead of football grounds. Not to say the two worlds are mutually exclusive, but for us, it’s what they love. While they love it, we’ll continue to support them.