Recap by Mamie Shepherd
The anticipation in the studio was at its peak when word spread that Josh Peck was in the building! Patients, and parents, gathered to welcome the Nickelodeon star-turned-action-hero to Atlanta for the premiere of his newly released film, Red Dawn.
The 26-year-old former child star of the hit show, Drake and Josh, lit up the room when he greeted excited guests in Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Many had pictured Josh as the fun-loving character, Josh Nichols, he played on TV but the young man everyone met that day was a compassionate and grown-up actor whose future seems poised for more hits on the big screen. Josh’s infectious laughter and sense of humor put the youngest patients at ease.
eck charmed the crowd with his quick wit and funny stories. Many remembered him as the voice of Eddie in the movie Ice Age: The Meltdown. Others recalled his appearance on The Amanda Show, and in the movie, Snow Day, while most marveled at the opportunity to meet “Josh” from the Nickelodeon television hit that gained Peck fame.
In Atlanta to promote the remake of the 1984 Cold War movie, Red Dawn, Josh talked about the scenes and stunts he was involved in during the filming of the fast-paced movie. Peck played the brother of Chris Hemsworth’s character, Jed Eckert. Some in the crowd who had seen an advanced screening of Red Dawn wanted to meet Josh and tell him how much they had enjoyed the movie. Peck told the crowd about the most famous person he had ever met – Will Smith! He told the patients that Smith is “super nice” and that they talked for 45 minutes but he didn’t remember too much of what they talked about because he got “lost in Will Smith’s eyes.” This made for a very funny moment!
Josh Peck’s manners and consideration went a long way in delighting fans who waited in line for a picture and autograph. Peck stayed until the very last patient had shaken his hand and had received a good word of encouragement. It was a GREAT day to be in Seacrest Studios at CHOA! Check out a soundclip from Josh's interview, or watch a video recap of his visit below.