Star­dom no ex­cuse to skip out on ex­ams

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Sydney Confidential -

TEENAGE ac­tor Ni­cholas Hamil­ton might star in one of the most suc­cess­ful films of the year, It, but that’s not an ex­cuse to get out of Year 11 ex­ams.

“I do all my ex­ams this week! I get straight back into it,” said Hamil­ton, who flew in from Los An­ge­les on Fri­day.

The ac­tor hails from the small NSW town of Al­stonville but has spent the past three weeks in Los An­ge­les pro­mot­ing the film adap­ta­tion of Stephen King’s hor­ror novel to crowds big­ger than the pop­u­la­tion of his home town.

But now af­ter a whirl­wind pro­mo­tional trail and red car­pet pre­mieres, it’s back to the books with his school al­low­ing him to sit his ex­ams a week af­ter the rest of the year.

“That’s the ad­van­tage of be­ing in a small town, ev­ery­one knows what I am do­ing at all times and they are very sup­port­ive,” said Hamil­ton.

The scary clown flick has set box of­fices records around the globe and thanks to the role, Hamil­ton is be­come one of Hol­ly­wood’s fastest ris­ing

stars. But star­ring in a film that’s grossed over $US180 mil­lion doesn’t au­to­mat­i­cally get you an A in drama. “Drama in most schools fo­cuses mainly on the­atre. “My teach­ers have been proud of me but they all want me to get into the­atre and asked me to be in the school play,” he said. For those who are not brave enough to see the flick, you’re not alone. Even some of Hamil­ton’s friends and fam­ily haven’t seen his work be­cause they are scared. “The gen­eral con­sen­sus is I’m proud of you but I’m not see­ing this,” he laughed. “But it’s a good one, be­cause it’s not nec­es­sar­ily scary it’s just dis­turb­ing.”

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