Virginia first-grader gets lessons in Hollywood with debut film

AJ Fucito at the screening of "Bad Parents" in Alexandria Thursday. (Photo by Roxanne Roberts/The Washington Post)
AJ Fucito at the screening of “Bad Parents.” (Roxanne Roberts/The Washington Post)

How to break into show business? Well, it helps to know somebody. Northern Virginia’s AJ Fucito made his first movie at just 5 years old — thanks to producer grandmother Dorothy Fucito casting him in “Bad Parents,” a black comedy about soccer moms, starring Janeane Garofalo and Cheri Oteri.

Favorite part? “I like dragging on Janeane’s legs,” said the first-grader, now 7, recalling one playful scene. “AJ loves being in front of the camera,” said dad Paul Fucito, a spokesman for the Patent and Trademark Office.

AJ was the perfect host Thursday as he escorted family and friends to seats at premiere in Alexandria. It was only then that everyone discovered the cruel realities of editing: AJ’s star turn as Garofalo’s son was slashed down to couple minutes of screen time, no speaking lines. Oh well! Same thing happened to Kevin Costner in “The Big Chill,” you know. The low-budget indie film is scheduled to pop up on DVD and pay-per-view later this year.

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Roxanne Roberts is a feature writer for the Style section.
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