January 22, 2010
by KGW Staff
PORTLAND — An 8-year-old cast last year to play the role of Brendan Frasier’s son in “Extraordinary Measures” got the celebrity treatment at the Hollywood and then again at a cast party in Portland Thursday night.
Diego Velazquez, then 7, emerged from several hundred boys who tried out for the role of “Patrick”, according to casting director Lana Veenker. ”
On Tuesday, Diego joined the rest of the star-studded case at the film’s Los Angeles premier, hanging out with stars Harrison Ford, Brendan Frasier, and Keri Russell. Then, Thursday night there was a cast and crew party at Portland’s Baghdad theater where he once again got the celebrity treatment.
The movie was filmed last spring in Portland and Vancouver, Wash. It was produced by Harrison Ford who also acts in the movie.
“It was a challenging role to cast because the character of Patrick is in a wheelchair,” Veenker said, “and so we needed a boy who could not only act, but who could remain relatively still during the times in which his scenes were to be shot.”
Velazquez, who is represented by Portland’s Puddletown Talent, has also been cast a young Timothy Hutton on the TNT network show “Leverage” which films in Portland. He appears in an episode called “The Bottle Job” where Hutton has a flashback to childhood.
More video! Meet the young star of Extraordinary Measures:
Here’s also a video from January 15th, before the premiere: