A new documentary has revealed the life story of the boy who starred in Pearl Jam's iconic "Jeremy" music video.
A new documentary has revealed the life story of the boy who starred in Pearl Jam’s iconic “Jeremy” music video. The young actor, Trevor Wilson, wasn’t a household name at the time of the video, but his face was ubiquitous on MTV and VH1 screens.
The video’s director Mark Pellington revealed that Wilson was very ill the day of his audition and was instructed to just look at the camera and not say anything no matter what happened around him:
“I just played the song and you could see something . . . something changes in the room,” said Pellington of watching the young actor’s desperation begin to show.
Cinematographer Tom Richmond says, “I’d done movies with kids before, but Trevor was just 100 percent there – and focused, and friendly, relaxed and flexible. I have no idea what Mark said to him, but I don’t remember any takes where we said, ‘Uh, not that. Let’s take a break. C’mon kid, get it together!'”
Wilson eventually left acting and went on to work at the United Nations before tragically dying while swimming alone on vacation in Puerto Rico last year.
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