Cameron Boyce has been methodical in preparing “Runt”, the independent drama that follows his character Cal, a high school student neglected by the adults in his life who becomes a target of bullying, which leads him to resort to to violence. “Runt” became the actor’s last film before his death from an epileptic seizure on July 6, 2019.
Aramis Knight, who plays Vic in the film, paid tribute to Boyce ahead of the Los Angeles premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater on September 22. “I think he’s really special in this movie,” Knight said. “I hope they see a side of Cameron they haven’t seen before.”
Best friend and co-star of “Jessie” on the Disney Channel, Karan Brar said he knew how important the film was to Boyce. “I’m really proud of him as a best friend.”
Sarah Jefferey, who starred alongside Boyce in the “Descendants” franchise, said Boyce was eagerly waiting for audiences to see the film. “I remember hearing him talk about it when we were filming ‘Descendants’. He was really excited for it, which makes it really moving.
Libby and Victor Boyce discussed the premiere of “Runt” and seeing their son back on the big screen. “It’s very bittersweet,” said Victor. “We are very happy that it came out and we are proud of our son’s work.” Libby Boyce added: “We know how much he put in and it shows and so we are very proud of that.”
After the star’s death, the Cameron Boyce Foundation was established, honoring his legacy by reducing gun violence and curing epilepsy – issues Boyce was passionate about.
“We have been surprised by the growth we have seen from the start,” said Victor. “In two years, we’ve already funded a few major epilepsy research grants and we’ve raised over $ 1 million. We partner with other organizations that Cameron loved and supported.
“After Cameron passed away, it was very tragic for everyone and the whole community came together and wanted to support each other the best they could,” said Brar. “For the moment, the objective is to fight against epilepsy – Sudep in particular, and to find the cure. I think the conversation about epilepsy doesn’t have as many nuances and we hope to broaden that conversation. “
“Being part of the foundation, we are very grateful for the support of ‘Runt’ for us, but tonight it’s really about celebrating one of his latest works,” said actress Sophie Reynolds, who does part of the foundation’s advisory board.
“Runt” was Boyce’s heaviest role, pulling him away from comedy in the Disney Channel franchise. “People thought of him as a Disney character and he was very good at Disney,” said Libby Boyce. “But he was also in the acting business, and it was really important for him to get that part and show his acting skills – he wasn’t just a comedy actor for Disney, it was a truly incredible actor. “
“Runt” hits theaters on October 1.