No one ever said acting was easy. For this list, we’ll be ranking the films that featured roles that demanded a lot from their young thespians. Be it through the flick’s inclusion of heavy, dramatic monologues or adult themes, these roles put child actors in the type of scenes they likely wouldn’t have been allowed to watch if they weren’t involved. Our list includes Regan MacNeil in “The Exorcist” (1973), Hit-Girl in “Kick-Ass” (2010), Dolores ‘Lolita’ Haze in “Lolita” (1962; 1997), and more! Join WatchMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Movie Roles That Were too Mature for Child Actors.

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  1. 8:22 OMG that’s among the BEST SCENES!! Macaulay NAILED that performance!! To think his father wanted him to be the good son 🖕

  2. What should have been a tie with Pretty Baby, Maladolescenza, and should be number one from what I’m to explain about it. It’s an erotic drama, featuring three characters, one legal age actor, and two 11 year old actresses, acting out in unstimulated sex scenes and full frontal nudity. I kid you not, I ain’t making this shit up. I’ve never seen the film, nor do I even want to, because it’s fucking disgusting. The reason I know about it, is because I looked up a more interesting list regarding obscure controversial films, and one of the actresses, Eva Ionesco, has a twisted background as well. Her mother used to take erotic photos of her as a profession, even when she was underaged. The fucked up history about it is so much more interesting than the film. But, it does exist. I do not want to watch it, because, I can fully say from what everyone thinks, it’s child pornography. But, for a film, this should have made it on the list. If WatchMojo rather present actual research than rather shit up popular opinions.

  3. Number #1: Ellis from Left 4 Dead 2 playing as the 9 year old on Shrek Is Love Shrek Is Life

  4. Some of these were taboo for the time(ie Lolita), but I don’t think most of these should be criticized. Many of these condemn the acts! Adults are doing worse things in movies now a days! Besides, the actors wanted to be in these scenes!

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