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July 23, 2009

Local boy wins coveted role in major movie

SEABROOK — Five-year-old Jackson Nicoll's mother, April, always thought he was a special child, but after all, he is her son. But movie-goers will soon be able to judge for themselves how cute the tiny tyke is, because he landed the role as Christian Bale's son in the Mark Wahlberg movie "The Fighter," currently filming in Lowell.

This is Jackson's first acting job, and the entire experience has been a whirlwind, ending up with Jackson's first filming day yesterday, Nicoll said. But it's the first of many days on the set for Nicoll and her son.

"He wraps up filming on Aug. 26, and he'll be filming every day," Nicoll said. "We still can't believe this has happened."

The blond-haired, hazel-eyed boy has been modeling for a while, after Nicoll and her husband, Mike, took the advice of many.

"Of course we thought he was a cute and remarkable child, but we're his parents," Nicoll said. "But people kept telling me how adorable he is, and how personable and smart. They told me he should be a model, so I eventually took the suggestion."

Jackson is a model with Boston Casting and has been in a number of ads, including one for Blue Cross Blue Shield. But it was a modeling job Jackson didn't get for Stride Rite children's shoes that led to his first sojourn into acting.

"We were at the Stride Rite call, and they didn't want to use Jackson because they said he was too edgy. He has spiked blond hair, and Stride Rite's a little preppy," Nicoll said. "But a person there suggested we take him to the audition for the movie. She said there had probably been loads of kids there, but that Jackson might be right for that role."

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