October is here and the spooky season is back which means it’s time to watch the Halloween movies. In addition to the classics in the list like Cheat? M. Night Shyamalan’s 1999 Blockbuster the sixth Sense. Actors Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment starred in the psychological thriller. “I see the dead” became a phrase and, according to Osment, that particular scene could have been too “morbid”.
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Osment played a boy by the name of Cole Sear the sixth Sense. But the character didn’t spend his time playing with friends and going to school. Sear saw a ghost. His sight terrified him so much that he did not tell anyone about him except child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Willis).
Filmed in 1998, Osment was 10 years old when she played Sear. As Shyamalan pointed out Hollywood Reporter In 2019, he worried about Osment not suiting the character of “Cherub”, but the young actor proved him wrong in three of his auditions.
“It was a really cute cherub, pretty, fair boy,” Shyamalan recalled. I think that’s the best way to describe it. He was able to express a need as a human being in a way that was amazing to watch. He did that throughout the process.”
The one line that helped seal the deal at Osment’s foundries? When Shyamalan saw him saying the film’s famous “I see the dead”. The director left Osment’s audition and said he didn’t want to make the sixth Sense without him as sear.
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Osment shared part of the “I see the dead” scene that didn’t make the final cut in March 2019 rotten Tomatoes Interview. He explained that what helped him get into character as a frightened boy who sees ghosts, he knew that ghosts were supposed to appear in hospital windows.
Here’s how Osment described it:
“There was an even more morbid element in that scene that really ended: When I tell my secret to Bruce, [at] Final shot of the scene They pull back from my bed and you look out the window where you can see another whole wing of the hospital and in every window, there’s someone with a terrible injury or someone who’s turned pale, because You know, being in a hospital is a very heavy place for ghosts in this world. So, you step back and you see all these people standing on the other side of the frame.”
What about that twist at the end? As for Osment’s co-star Willis, he was “totally unprepared” for it.
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Osment became a young Academy Award nominee after his performance was praised by critics. He received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor but eventually lost to Michael Caine.
“Haley, when I saw you I thought: Well, I’m out of this,” Cain said in his acceptance speech. Looking back on it, Osment wasn’t disappointed that he didn’t take home an Oscar. “Maybe a better result than I won,” says the now 33-year-old Guardian in July 2020.