“There were 2 pilots to The Middle, I was the only cast member to be brought back from the original pilot” Atticus Shaffer tells us about how he got the role of Brick Heck on ABC´s The Middle
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Atticus Shaffer is most known as Brick Heck on ABC´s The Middle. Shaffer was discovered by his manager and began his professional acting career in late 2006 with a guest starring role in the comedy series The Class. Other television appearances followed, including The Human Giant, Days of Our Lives, Out of Jimmy’s Head,Carpoolers and My Name is Earl, as well as Disney’s I’m in the Band and Shake It Up. On the big screen Atticus is perhaps best known for the bus stop scene he shared with Will Smith in Hancock. Other feature films include The Unborn, An American Carol, Leaving Barstow and Opposite Day.
Atticus has given a voice to numerous characters, both on film and TV. He had a starring role in Tim Burton’s animated feature,Frankenweenie, for which he was nominated for an Annie Award for Best Male Voice Actor in a Feature Film and won the BTVA 2012 Award for Best Male Vocal Performance by a Child for the role of Edgar E. Gore. He has also voiced roles in the feature films Year One and Subject: I Love You. On television he is a regular voice on Disney Channel’s animated series Fish Hooks and previously voiced a recurring part on The Penguins of Madagascar, as well as a guest role on the animated series Thundercats. Currently he plays a character in a new Cartoon Network series, Steven’s Universe. Atticus is also very talented with voice impressions and has been incorporating this into some of his recent work.
How he go the role of Brick
2 pilots to The Middle
Playing Brick Heck
Funniest pet peeve
The pilot was a different cast, Ricky Lake,Lex Medlin…it didn´t get picked up
Two years later they got a second chance
I was the only cast member to be brought back from the pilot
Brick shows it´s ok to be smart and quirky
I literally fell into this
Me and my mom read storybooks out loud
I became a poster child for my hospital
We found an information for a manager but she did not what to do with me
A month later her daughter/assistant sent me on audition for the show The Class and I booked it!
I enjoy writing, it´s one of the things I want to do when i´m older
I want to enroll in film school as director/writer
I write stuff about zombie apocalypse
It was written originally that Brick revealed he was just faking it, he´s still quirky! The chair is still there!
The position im in, I get to be a role model for people who are in a similar position
We have all been created the way we´re supposed to be
You are not a disabled actor. You´re an actor who happens to have a condition. It does not define you
If you have an obstacle, do not let it define you!!!!
Know who you are and what your beliefs are
Have people around you that love you for who you are
SONG OF THE SHOW
Give it a Try by Afraid of My Neighbor
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