Bulletin Staff Report
The lobby of Hollywood Theaters at Heartland Mall in Early was packed late Wednesday afternoon as several hundred friends, fans and well-wishers came to get autographs from one of the stars of the summer blockbuster “Hancock.”
Jae Head, 11, who will be a sixth-grader at Goldthwaite Middle School, got the full celebrity treatment as he welcomed those who finally got to the front of the line and gave the young actor their names. With a flourish, Head signed posters and photos before the 7 p.m. showing got under way.
Head plays the son of a man (Jason Bateman) whose life is saved by a down-trodden superhero, Hancock (Will Smith). In return, the father-son pair help Hancock to get back on track. His mother is played by Charlize Theron.
Head is enjoying “a real summer” at home, he told reporters for his hometown newspaper, The Goldthwaite Eagle. He’s taking a break from the movies, enjoying life as a “regular kid” by going swimming, hanging out with friends, having sleep-overs and watching movies “just for fun.”
Head has also performed in the Texas-based television series “Friday Night Lights.”
Of his “Hancock” co-stars, Head told the Eagle, “(Will) Smith is the greatest!” But he added that Bateman taught him to blow bubbles with his bubble gum and then shoot the bubble off and have it float back down, which made Bateman his favorite.
Head said he already has an idea for a sequel to “Hancock, ” in which he wants to play the superhero.
Kathy Byrd, a teacher at Goldthwaite Elementary School, has given him the nickname “Dash,” so he figures the superhero he portrays should have super speed.
Moments for visiting with friends was limited, as the line for autographs continued to build as showtime approached. But there were always a few seconds for an even bigger smile and a hearty high-five when acquaintances arrived.
Head is a son of Jeff and Jo Head of Goldthwaite, and is a grandson of Gerry and Stephanie Head of Goldthwaite, Marge and Michael Haynes of Temple, and Charles and Yvonne Childress of Goldthwaite. He is a great-grandson of Gerald and Wilma Head, and Floyd and Jo Spradley, all of Goldthwaite.