In his young career, he has already built a house in the woods, been chased by Dinosaurs and even battled aliens. And today (March 22nd) marks Nick Robinson's 21st Birthday. If you have already read my previous article (THE NEXT BIG THING: Nick Robinson), you will know that Robinson is one of my favorite young actors. He has been compared to a young James Franco and has went from strength to strength, adding some great roles to his repertoire.
Thus, let's celebrate Nick Robinson by taking a quick look back at where it all went right for his successful young career and preview what's to come for the 21 year old star:
"Wait, I Don't Get it...What's the Name of this Movie Again?"
With an abundance of theatre roles to his name, Nick Robinson began his on-screen career back in 2010 when he was cast as Ryder Scanlon: the adorkably naive nephew of Melissa Joan Hart on ABC Family's Melissa & Joey. I have said it before and I'll say it again: Robinson may have matured over the years and excel in character-driven pieces but there is a lot to be said for his effortlessly comedic performance in Melissa & Joey. No matter what ludacris line came out of Ryder's mouth, Robinson delivered it with ease which never failed to make the audience erupt into laughter. Ryder's consistently "wrong-place, wrong time" appearances in the earlier episodes always made for hilarious moments and his inept-to-genius deliveries in the later episodes were just downright brilliant. Whether he was arguing with his sister Lennox or delivering a drole monologue, he did it with perfection.
As he began to make "Waves" (every pun intended) in Hollywood, Robinson's character had to be written out for several episodes in the show's final season. However, never forgetting where he came from, he always made time for the show and Ryder would consistently pop up via webcam on various occassions before returning for the final three episodes. Thus, in many ways - Ryder was his first on-screen role and arguably also his most recent as Melissa & Joey only wrapped up last year. From a character standpoint, Ryder is one of my favourites of all his portrayals. He's also the nicest...and the funniest.
Why Live When You Can Rule?
In 2013, Robinson got what many call his first "big-break" into the film industry when he starred in Jordan Vogt Roberts' coming-of-age masterpiece The Kings of Summer. Written with heart, comedy and drama, the Chris Galetta penned piece was directed with perfection by Roberts and amid a talented cast, Nick Robinson still managed to steal the show. Giving what is arguably the performance of his career so far, Robinson starred as Joe Toy, a young man who decides to build his own house in the woods after the decline of his relationship with his father. Robinson delivered a powerful, witty, strong and passionate performance and was recognised for doing so, garnering him a 'Phoenix Film Critics Society Award' for Best Performance by a Male Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role. The film's tagline was "Why Live When You Can Rule?"...and rule is exactly what Nick Robinson did.
Welcome to Jurassic World
In what is definitely his most famous role so far, Robinson was cast as Zach Mitchell in Jurassic World. Just in case you weren't aware, Jurassic World is currently the fourth highest grossing film of ALL-Time. That's a big audience. Zach was the moody, somewhat arrogant older brother of Gray (played brilliantly by Ty Simpkins). I must say, the chemistry between these two was great - you could just tell that they enjoyed working together. And whether they were running from the Indominous Rex or jumping off waterfalls, they gave it their all each time.
I've said it before, Zach may not have been his most likeable role but it certainly earned Robinson recognition on a much wider scale and if the feedback was anything to go by, it could be just a sign of things to come! Definitely my favourite film on this list and both Robinson and Simpkins were great additions to an already brilliant film! It would be a shame if they didn't return for the sequel as they pretty much dominated half of the film."They Called me 'Zombie' in Quarantine"
From one blockbuster to another, as the new year began Robinson starred alongside Chloe Grace Moretz in 'The 5th Wave'. Being one of the two main characters, Robinson delivered a strong-willed, troubled and powerful performance which garnered him praise from critics (some of who even disliked the film). His character Ben Parish/Zombie was another of my personal favorite characters that he has portrayed so far. Based on Rick Yancey's novel, the film told two seperate stories of two survivors (Moretz and Robinson) after an alien invasion has decimated the planet in 5 waves. Upon reading the novel, I knew there was nobody else who could play Ben Parish. From the smile to the brooding, Nick Robinson personified everything about the character and I really hope he gets the opportunity to do it again in a sequel!
His next role will be in Rob Reiner's independent comedy-drama Being Charlie. It will be a character driven piece which focuses on Charlie Mills (Robinson), "an 18-year-old who breaks out of a youth drug treatment clinic, but when he returns home to Los Angeles, he's given an intervention by his parents and forced to go to an adult rehab. There, he meets a beautiful but troubled girl, Eva, and is forced to battle with drugs, elusive love and divided parents". It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to positive reviews in September last year and will be released in it's (most likely limited) theatrical run on May 6th. I am looking forward to seeing this one - the lengthy waiting time has only upped the anticipation and it has the potential to be a really striking dramatic film.
As for what's next, I'm also looking forward to all the possibilities for him. If his past was bright...imagine what the future holds!
So with all those roles to his name already, Nick Robinson has already made quite a name for himself. I referred to him as "The Next Big Thing" in a previous article and I wholeheartedly stand by that statement. Robinson may 'look the part' but he backs every ounce of that up with his emotional, raw and powerful performances. He has proven that he is so much more than just those "the older brother from Jurassic World" memes that were floating about the internet last year and is one of the Stars of Tomorrow! Thus, let me take a moment to wish Nick Robinson a Happy 21st Birthday! May he continue to find happiness, healthiness and success throughout what will undoubtedly be a very long and prosperous career!
Being Charlie will be Released on May 6th, 2016 in the US by Paladin Distribution.