High School Musical 3:Senior Year newcomer, Justin Martin hits the big screen again this weekend. Believe it or not this time he is with some real big time movie stars! Justin is in The Soloist which stars Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. The Soloist is based on the life of Nathaniel Ayers. Nathaniel was a music prodigy who developed schizophrenia and became homeless. In the movie Foxx plays the adult Ayres and Justin plays Ayers from ages 13-16.
Because this movie is about a musical prodigy, the director only auditioned kids who could play violin. Justin took 2 all day violin classes and was cast in the part. Justin has to play the cello in The Soloist so after he was cast in the role, he took 4 months of cello training so that he could play in the movie. Since this movie is about a real person Jamie and Justin got to meet Nathaniel Ayers. They both had to learn his mannerisms and change their look to be more like Mr. Ayers. Justin had to grow his hair longer than usual and wear prosthetic teeth because Nathaniel has a gap between his front teeth.
I can’t wait to see this movie. I looks like it is going to be a touching and heartwarming tale of a difficult life. The Soloist opens this weekend across the United States. Let me know if you go see it!