Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Heartening Tale of 35-Year-Old Child Star

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Heartening Tale of 35-Year-Old Child Star

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Dickie roberts (12a, 98mins) Comedy. David Spade, Mary McCormack, Craig Bierko, Scott Terra, Jenna Boyd, Nicholas Schwerin, Doris Roberts, Corey Feldman, Jon Lovitz, Alyssa Milano, Rob Reiner.

Released: February 20 (UK & Ireland)

Fame is a drug - one taste and you're addicted.

At the tender age of six, Dickie Roberts (Schwerin) was adored by millions as one of America's favourite child stars.

His antics on sitcom The Glimmer Gang drew up to 50 million viewers and he became a national icon with his risque catchphrase "It's nuckin' futs!".

When the show was eventually cancelled, young Dickie sank into obscurity.

Years later, Dickie (Spade) is an out-of-work actor who makes a meagre living as a car park valet.

He is desperate to break back into the big time and he thinks he may have found the perfect role in the new Rob Reiner movie, Mr Blake's Backyard.

Unfortunately, the part calls for him to play a normal, down-to-earth everyman: the very antithesis of dysfunctional, self-obsessed, lonely and unloved Dickie. …

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