It’s been more than twenty years since the Spielberg movie Hook hit theaters. The film was a sequel to Peter Pan and had a great cast including Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams and Julia Roberts. This children’s movie also had a memorable gang of child actors who played The Lost Boys. Curious to find out what they are up to now?
So what has happened to all the little Bannings and Lost Boys since 1991? Some have continued acting, others have started interesting new careers, and one is among the biggest stars in the world. Catch up with the whereabouts of your favorite ‘Hook’ kids below.
Gwyneth Paltrow – Young Wendy
Then: Gwyneth Paltrow played a young Wendy Darling in ‘Hook’s’ flashback scenes. It was her second movie role, following her appearance in the John Travolta film ‘Shout.’ ‘Hook’ director Steven Spielberg is Paltrow’s godfather, which explains why he gave the then-18-year-old a leg up on on the other young actresses auditioning for the role.
Now: Paltrow doesn’t really need much of a reintroduction. She’s an Academy and Emmy award winner, she’s been in high profile relationships with Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck and is now married to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. When she’s not doing the acting thing in films like ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Contagion,’ Paltrow dispenses pricey and controversial lifestyle advice on her website goop.
Charlie Korsmo – Jack Banning
Then: Korsmo was kind of a big deal in the early ’90s. The wide-eyed child actor played prominent roles in ‘Dick Tracy’ and ‘What About Bob?,’ in addition to his turn as Jack Banning in ‘Hook.’ After a seven year break from acting, Korsmo returned for his final role as loveable geek William Lichter in the 1998 teen comedy ‘Can’t Hardly Wait.’
Now: It turns out Korsmo is quite the brainiac in real-life, too. In 2002, he received a degree in physics from MIT and followed that up with a degree from Yale Law School in 2006. Currently he’s a professor of corporate law at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
Amber Scott – Maggie Banning
Then: Amber Scott played little Maggie Banning -– the only lost girl among the Lost Boys -– in ‘Hook.’ It remains her only movie credit. She also sang (or more likely lip-synced) ‘Hook’s’ Oscar-nominated song ‘When You’re Alone’ live at the 64th Academy Awards.
Now: In 2006, Scott graduated from Trinity College, where she was a member of the Delta Psi Epsilon sorority. While we can’t find any information on exactly what she’s up to these days, the high quality head shot above suggests she might be eying a return to acting.
Dante Basco – Rufio
Then: Basco’s first role was in the Michael Jackson anthology film ‘Moonwalker.’ Three years later, the then-15-year-old scored his most famous role to date in ‘Hook’ as Rufio, the leader of the Lost Boys.
Now: Basco has worked pretty regularly since doing ‘Hook,’ with appearances on TV shows like ‘Nash Bridges,’ ‘CSI Miami and ‘Prime Suspect.’ He’s also had success as a voice actor, providing the vocals for Prince Zuko on the Nickelodeon Show ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ and General Iroh on ‘The Legend of Korra.’ You can follow the “One-Time Leader of the Lost Boys & the prince of Fire Nation” on Twitter and check out his Tumblr.
Jasen Fisher – Ace
Then: Jasen Fisher appeared in a trio of high profile films as a child actor — ‘Parenthood,’ ‘Witches’ and, lastly, ‘Hook,’ in which he played Lost Boy Ace. Despite being nominated for a Young Artist award for his work in ‘Parenthood,’ Fisher retired from acting after shooting ‘Hook.’
Now: These days the 32-year-old works as a professional golf caddy. Bet you didn’t see that coming.
James Madio – Don’t Ask
Then: For his first film role James Madio played the curiously named Lost Boy “Don’t Ask” in ‘Hook.’
Now: ‘Hook’ was the first step in a successful acting career for Madio, who you may recognize from ‘The Basketball Diaries’ or ‘Band of Brothers’ (where he reunited with Spielberg), among other high-profile projects. The Bronx-born 36-year-old most recently appeared on episodes of ‘Ringer’ and ‘The Finder.’
Isaiah Robinson – Pockets
Then: Robinson was plucked from the halls of William H. Ray Elementary School in Chicago to play the role of Pockets, the Lost Boy who first recognizes Peter Banning as Peter Pan in ‘Hook.’ It was the sole childhood credit for Robinson, who also sang in the famous Chicago Children’s Choir.
Now: Robinson does have one adult acting credit, as a janitor in the 2005 indie zombie movie ‘Dead at the Box Office.’ He also teaches theater and performs around Chicago. According to Neverpedia, he was a featured vocalist at Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel’s inauguration.
Raushan Hammond – Thud Butt
Then: Hammond made his acting debut in ‘Hook’ as Thud Butt, a Lost Boy who isn’t afraid to throw his weight around. Peter Pan appoints Thud Butt leader of the group when he returns to adulthood at the end of the film.
Now: An actor and magician with credits on ‘Tales of the Crypt’ and ‘Family Matters,’ a much svelter-looking Hammond wrote, directed and starred in the 2011 indie film ’24 Hours in Vegas.’ Now how about a ‘Hook’ sequel where we get to see how Thud Butt did as leader of the Lost Boys?