"Josh" Graduates To Bigger Roles

Audiences may know Josh Peck as the chubbier half of “Drake & Josh,” the Nickelodeon hit. But the actor, who’s been in the business since he was 9, is now 21, trim and a leading man in “The Wackness.”

After two years of “getting healthy,” the slimmed-down Peck plays Luke, a shy high school teen who sells pot and falls in love with his therapist’s stepdaughter (played by Olivia Thirlby of “Juno”). There’s even a nude shower scene with the actress. “I shower in real life too, so it wasn’t too much of a stretch,” Peck joked. “Only I don’t have sex in outdoor showers.”

In a one-on-one interview he recalled that he “grew up a heavyset kid.” When he was 14 he landed the hit Nickelodeon series, “The Amanda Show,” followed by “Drake & Josh.”

Peck’s life changed with the 2004 independent film “Mean Creek,” for which he was singled out by critics as a persecuted fat kid. “I came along and brought someone who wasn’t your stereotypical leading-man look. From there I said, ‘I don’t want to wait around 10 years for another part to come around like this.’ ”

Peck realized if he was heavy, “There’s only the funny fat guy parts or the heavy friend. It’s an unfortunate stereotype, and I wanted to have the chance to play roles like this, to have more quality. And I wanted to be healthier.”

He also identified with his most recent character, Luke: “He was at the beginning of something that I was at the tail end of. He was 18 and I was 20, and I felt I could bring a lot of honesty and truth to what he was. I had had my first and my only love really, and it had ended. It was quite fresh when we made this movie, one of those divine gifts you’re given as an actor.”


The Boston Herald


Weekend Box Office For July 4 – 6

#1 Hancock from Sony takes the top spot pulling in $66 million for the weekend, $107 million since its Tuesday July 1 open. Hancock showed in 3965 theaters and cost roughly $150 million.

#2 Wall-E from Disney and Pixar drops to the #2 position this weekend bringing in $33.4 million, thats a 47% drop from last week, brining it total earnings to $128.1 million. Wall-E showed in 3992 theaters and cost roughly $180 million to make.

#3 Wanted from Universal drops to #3 bringing in $20.6 million, down 59%, for a total of $90.7 million. Wanted showed in 3185 theaters, up 10. Budget was roughly $75 million.

Rounding out the top 10 are:

#4 Get Smart: Weekend Gross: $11,125,000 down 45% / Theaters: 3574 down 341 / Gross $98,115,000 / Budget: $80 million.

#5 Kung Fu Panda: Weekend Gross: $7,500,000 down 35.9% / Theaters: 3,347 down 323 / Gross $193,395,000 / Budget: $130 million.

#6 The Incredible Hulk: Weekend Gross: $4,975,000 down 48.1% / Theaters: 3,043 down 306 / Gross $124,917,000 / Budget: $150 million.

#7 Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull: Weekend Gross: $3,940,000 down 23.9% / Theaters: 2,192 down 364 / Gross $306,590,000 / Budget: $185 million

#8 Kit Kittridge: An American Girl: Weekend Gross: $3,601,000 up 3264.8% / Theaters: 1,843 up 1838% / Gross: $6,128,000 / Budget: $13 million

#9 Sex And The City: Weekend Gross: $2,340,000 million, down % 38.6 / Theaters: 1,275 down 480 / Gross: $144,864,000 / Budget $65 million.

#10 You Don’t Mess with the Zohan: Weekend Gross: $2,000,000 down 37% / Theaters: 1,731 down 416/ Gross $94,780,000 / Budget: $90 million.

A note on “Gross”: On average, studios will earn approximately 55 percent of the final gross.

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