Local youth has part in Hollywood movie

By Mike Chaiken
Editions Editor
If you head out to the movie and decide to check out the film “The Judge,” you’ll may notice a familiar face from central Connecticut.
Cody Pettola, a 9-year-old fourth grader at Thalberg Elementary School in Southington, is in the movie, which stars Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.
The website for the movie explains “In ‘The Judge,’ Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.”
Cody said he is in two scenes of “The Judge.” In one, he is in a backyard playing with his on-screen “brother.” And in another one, he’s in his pajamas on a Christmas morning in the 1960s.
Cody said he filmed “The Judge” last summer in Boston, where his mother and he commuted each day of the filming.
Although Cody has no dialogue in his big screen debut, he said, “It was really fun.”
When Cody saw the movie for the first time, and saw his face on the big screen, “I felt really happy for myself and proud since I’ve done all this hard work.
Until now, Cody said he has mostly done commercials and print ads for things like toys and Play-Doh. This was the first time he ever had worked on a movie.
Asked what it was like being on the set of the film, he said there were a lot of people on hand. There also was a lot of waiting around to do something.
Cody said his contribution to the film wasn’t a secret to those who knew him. He said he told some friends. And he told some cousins.
The cousins said, “It was really awesome [I filmed two scenes].”
Although Cody has other interests—for instance he plays football with the Southington Valley Midge Football League and would love to play for the Southington High School Blue Knights someday—he said acting is definitely a career he wants to pursue.
Cody said he likes the Disney XD channel and is a fan of “The Ultimate Spider-Man.”
So would he be interested in acting on some of Disney’s live action series such as “Austin and Ally?” Cody said, “Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.”
For more information about “The Judge,” go to TheJudgeMovie.com.

By Mike Chaiken Cody Pettola, 9, a student at Thalberg Elementary School, has a part in the film “The Judge.”

By Mike Chaiken
Cody Pettola, 9, a student at Thalberg Elementary School, has a part in the film “The Judge.”

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