He reportedly did not have a close relationship with his father. He had no prior acting experience or training; Finn had been talking to various agencies that worked with youth looking for a "tough" kid and settled on Brad after looking at five thousand such boys all over the country.
At the time Renfro had been living in a trailer park outside Knoxville with Joanne following his parents' divorce five years earlier. His casting was announced in May , and the movie was filmed in the summer of that year. Based on the bestselling John Grisham novel, it became one of the top-grossing films of The several films that followed gained little attention, with the majority going straight to video.
Kennedy in a live-action ad for Resident Evil 2 , which aired in Japan. Renfro was the cousin of Jesse Hasek, lead singer of the band 10 Years ,  and featured in the first version of the music video for their song " Wasteland ". Renfro fathered one child: His name and age were initially withheld in Renfro's obituary, which listed him as "Y.
Renfro," out of his family's concerns for privacy. Yamato's existence was not known to the general public until after his father's death. According to a friend, his mother had enabled his use; SLC Punk director James Merendino recalled to BuzzFeed in that Renfro said his mother had actually given him his first dose.
Dire Media accounts of his childhood have reported that he had smoked marijuana for the first time at the age of 9, at one point supposedly getting expelled after he lit up a joint in front of a school official, and got drunk for the first time at By the age of 18 he had already been in rehabilitation more than once. He was carrying two small bags of cocaine in a cigarette box and a bag of marijuana in his sock. They were arrested on the same night and Renfro was charged with grand theft and criminal mischief.
In January , Renfro was sentenced to probation of two years and ordered to pay repair costs of the vessel to its owner and investigative costs to the Ft. A photograph showing the actor in handcuffs made the front page of the Los Angeles Times. Renfro admitted to a detective that he was using heroin and methadone. A judge warned him that if he violated probation two more times, he could be sentenced to a live-in rehab program or to jail time.
He was 25 years old. It found no definite instance in which laws or contractual provisions had been violated on his films, but suggested that the system had nonetheless failed the actor by delegating responsibility to his mother and grandmother when he was off set, neither of whom were recalled as effective in those roles.
Both women were also dead by the time the article was published, and BuzzFeed could not locate Mark Renfro, Brad's father. Gemma Jackson , production designer on Tom and Huck , was dumbstruck to learn that he was 13 during shooting. In his early roles he was often sexualized and shown shirtless, most notably in Apt Pupil , which showed him showering from the waist up at one point. He developed an ardent following among adolescent girls; Peter Horton , director of The Cure , recalled how the actor received many birthday cards from local girls in the Minnesota town where the film was being shot expressing sexually suggestive messages to him, notwithstanding that he had just turned Some of his female admirers were older; Jackson's surprise at Renfro's actual youth came after she had recounted to BuzzFeed how he had had an adult girlfriend during production and was "sexually active".
He threatened to leave the set, all he could do since only the studio teacher on set would have the authority to stop production over that issue.
Singer, through his lawyer, told BuzzFeed he never went over hours and Altschul never left the set. While he was astonished, he decided not to say anything since "it would have been out of place" and Renfro looked like he had chosen to attend. Taking him home would have properly been the role of his grandmother, and "[h]e didn't really respect her, in the sense that he wouldn't listen to her I'm sure she did the best she could with him.