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Reigning Top Child Star Faces New Challenger
by Andy Leeds on 1/31/2005 (0)

Malicious intent?
When P.T. Barnum said "there's one born every minute" he was not talking about child stars. These little miracles come along, tops, once every few months.

Every Decade has its Child of the moment. In the 70's it was Donny Osmond, who won over everybody with his sparkling teeth. During the 80's we were bowled over in laughter with Gary Coleman's "What you talk'n about Willis?" This spawned such memorable merchandise as the "I'm what Willis was talking about" t-shirt. The 90's gave us Macaulay Culkin. The less said about that the better.

Thankfully with the dawn of a new millennium came the birth of a new child star, Haley Joel Osment, who WAS blessed with ability.

However it would seem Osment has a new challenger to his throne, Fernando Herrera. Hailing from the same Continent that brought us Menudo and probably Christina Aguilera, the young South American prodigy can seemingly do no wrong.

"He can sing, he can dance, women love him, he is always the center of attention" his mother and manager Maria Herrera proudly crowed.

Sadly, as often happens in this situation, the green eyed monster raised its ugly head. Possibly feeling threatened by the limelight Fernado was stealing, Osment issued a harrowing warning to the young pretender.

"I see dead people," he said. This immediately caused concerned manager Maria Herrera to double security on Fernando.

Osment has denied any malicious intent, stating he was merely practicing for his upcoming role in Sixth Sense II - The Quickening.

Osment aside, it seems Maria isn't the only one with a high opinion of the Latin Phenom. Many of Fernando's Hollywood peers have already lauded praise on the youngster.

A reflective Fernando.
Bob Dylan was typically straight to the point and issued these words of friendly advice to Fernando. "Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself crucified because he got himself noticed."

Entering into the spirit of mentorship was legendary British thespian Michael Caine, who dished up this pearl of wisdom: "The best research for playing a drunk is being a British actor for 20 years." And while this was taken in good humor, sources close to Fernando stated that it would be a cold day in hell before he acted in Britain.

"Yes, time flies. And where did it leave you? Old too soon...smart too late," commented former boxing champ "Iron" Mike Tyson. A little cryptic perhaps but not unexpected from a man who spent most of his life getting punched in the head.

Fernando seemed unperturbed by all the fuss, preferring to remain silent, occasionally sipping a drink. Possibly reflecting on his future, or maybe just preparing for his role as 'baby in carriage' in theatrical production of The Davinci Code, due for release in 2006.


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