Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fourth-Grader Makes His Film Debut in 'Me and Earl' Appears in 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fourth-Grader Makes His Film Debut in 'Me and Earl' Appears in 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl'

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Edward "Eddie" DeBruce III knows he isn't supposed to use "bad" language, but for his role as young Earl in "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," that is exactly what he had to do.

It was difficult for him.

"He just couldn't say the word for his audition and he really struggled with it," his mother, Tammy DeBruce, said.

Eddie, 9, practiced the line, leaving out the swear word, even though his parents had given him permission to say it.

His dad, now a student at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, offered a solution.

"He told him that they would pray on it," Mrs. DeBruce said. It worked - Eddie accepted the fact that if he wanted the role, he would have to say the lines as they were given to him, no matter what words they contained.

Eddie was able to deliver the line and was selected to play the role in the movie, which was filmed locally and debuted nationally last week. Eddie, his parents and his grandmother attended the cast and crew screening Sunday night at The Waterfront.

The DeBruce family, of Penn Hills, learned about the role through an email they received from Nancy Moser Casting, of Lawrenceville. Eddie's first audition was in June of last year. He was called back for a second audition the next day, and his mother received a call that afternoon saying he was selected.

"It all happened so fast," she said. At the time, Mr. DeBruce was working in the insurance business and was able to work remotely from the filming location. Mrs. DeBruce, a physical activity and weight management research assistant at the University of Pittsburgh, went to the filming location after work.

"The first day, he said to me, 'Do you want to wait in my trailer?' It was so cute - I couldn't believe he had his own trailer," Mrs. DeBruce said.

Eddie's older siblings, brother Malik Potter, 16, and sister Jasmine DeBruce, 11, have been involved in modeling and acting. When Malik was 4, his mother was approached by an agent at the Three Rivers Arts Festival.

"She told me to call her and he started some modeling," Mrs. DeBruce said.

Jasmine was a bit jealous when Eddie landed the young Earl role.

"We told her that when someone else is blessed, be happy for them and you will be blessed," Mrs. …

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