The 11-year-old boy with achondroplasia was summoned by an important director to participate in a very successful saga.
From being bullied at school to the new Mad Max movie. That has been the path of life for Australian Quaden Bayles since a shocking video of him went viral in early 2020.
Bayles, an 11-year-old with achondroplasia, was recently recruited by director George Miller for a small role in Pissed off. The prequel to the celebrated Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) will hit theaters in 2024 with Anya Taylor Joy as protagonist.
Without having imagined it, the child will have built a brief but important career in the cinema. Furiosa will be his second film, since this year he will appear as an extra in another Miller film, Three thousand years of longing.
the viral video
In 2020, a sad video of Quaden crying and asking for a knife to hurt himself after being bullied at school toured the entire world.
His mother, although she would have preferred to keep it private, made it public to raise awareness of the impact of bullying on children.
“I just picked up my son from school, I witnessed bullying, I called the principal and I want people to know that this is the effect that bullying has,” he says in the video. dick bayles.
“So can you educate your children, your families, your friends because all it takes is one more instance… and you wonder why children are committing suicide?” the woman continues.
And complete: “We try to be as strong as possible and only share the highlights … but this is how bullying affects a nine-year-old boy.”
The impact of the video
Among those who were shocked by the video is the actor hugh jackmanwho also follows Bayles on Instagram.
“Quaden, you are stronger than you think, friend. And no matter what happens, you have a friend in me, “said Jackman after seeing the clip.
The video also reached the eyes and ears of the rapper The boy Laroiwho recently met with Quaden, and American comedian Brad Williams. He raised more than $700,000 for the boy through a GoFundMe page to send the mother and son to Disneyland, but the family donated the money to charity.
Another who had Quaden’s shocking request resonating inside him is Miller.
The Australian, who also trained and worked as a doctor, told Good Weekend that he called Bayles after seeing his video.
Miller’s flame was lit when he heard that a News Corp columnist had suggested that Bayles had performed on camera. He, as a health professional, never doubted the veracity of the video.
“What the hell was she supposed to know about that? That really turned me on,” Miller said.
Today, Quaden has 288,000 followers on Instagram, and his family uses his account to sponsor different brands and raise awareness of bullying.
If there is concern for someone or you need to be in company, you can go to the nearest health center for advice. There are also contact lines at argentina.gob.ar/salud/mental-y-addicciones/suicide, line 135 of the Suicide Care Center (CAS), anonymous, free and voluntary, or in the City, the line of Mental Health Answers, 24 hours a day, by calling 0800-333-1665.