If you've secretly feared that Haley Joel Osment was living out the rest of his days chained to a Ferris wheel at Michael Jackson's new Neverland Palace in Bahrain, let us set your mind at ease. He's working and trying to shed that troublesome "child actor" label, not slowly chewing through his arm in an attempt to avoid another mirthless day of tending Jacko's expat llamas:
In "Home of the Giants," he plays a high school journalist who covers the basketball team as it heads toward a state championship.
"It's important to find roles with characters growing up," Osment said. "Gar is one of those characters that moves me along the timeline in my career."
It's finally time to let go of the dead-eyed moppet that we fell in love with in the Sixth Sense and accept that he's going to take some big-people roles. There's no point in living in the past, or wishing that someone would've had the foresight to place the AI-era Osment in a veal pen and prolong that preternatural innocence for another decade or two.