James Rolleston (born 8 June 1997) is a New Zealand actor known for the films Boy and The Dark Horse. The latter was released in October 2014 and had its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on 4 September. Rolleston made his screen debut in the Taika Waititi film Boy, playing the main role of the child who idolises his father. Boy became the most successful local film released in New Zealand to date. In 2014 he took roles in two further films: critically acclaimed drama The Dark Horse, in which he co-starred opposite Cliff Curtis as a teenager who is set to be initiated into a gang, and action movie The Dead Lands, in which he plays a young Maori warrior seeking vengeance for the massacre of his family. Rolleston also starred in Pork Pie, the 2017 remake of the New Zealand classic Goodbye Pork Pie. Rolleston has frequently appeared in Vodafone New Zealand television commercials. Rolleston is from Opotiki. On 26 July 2016, Rolleston was driving with close friend and rugby league player Kaleb Maxwell, when the vehicle they were in crashed into the Otara bridge in Opotiki. Rolleston was seriously injured in the crash with injuries to his lower body and brain. In November, 2016, he made his first public appearance, presenting the Supreme Award at the Attitude Awards. He has spoken about his ongoing recovery, revealing he required rehabilitation to learn how to walk, speak, and use basic motor skills again.
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