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Topics: The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The Suite Life on Deck, Dylan and Cole Sprouse Pages: 2 (817 words) Published: March 20, 2014
The Sprouses began acting at the age of eight months following a suggestion from their grandmother, Jonine Booth Wright, who was a drama teacher and actress.[14] The twins first appeared in a commercial for diapers, switching on-screen time every few seconds.[15] As with many twins, the two have often played the same role, due to child labor laws in California restricting the amount of time children can be filmed in a day. Casting twins in a single role thus allows more time for the character to be filmed.[16] Beginning at eight months old, the two played a single character, Patrick Kelly, on the ABC series Grace Under Fire.[17][18] In 1999, the boys appeared in their first major feature film, Big Daddy, in which they shared the role of a five-year-old boy named Julian who is adopted by Adam Sandler's character, Sonny Koufax. Though the film received mixed reviews, the two were nominated for multiple awards for their role in the movie.[19] However, they did not win any.[20][21][22][23] The same year, the boys also had a minor role in the thriller The Astronaut's Wife.[24][25] The Sprouses have noted that after Big Daddy's release, they entered a slow period in their careers and were not cast in any major roles for a time.[2] During the early 2000s, the twins appeared in episodes of The Nightmare Room and That '70s Show, as well as in MADtv and portrayed roles in the feature films The Master of Disguise and Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights.[24][26][27][28] Cole began appearing in episodes of the television show Friends, as Ross Geller's son Ben in 2001; this role was not shared with Dylan.[17][18] They both appeared in I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus and Just for Kicks, both of which were family films that received a direct-to-video release. David Nusair of Reel Film Reviews said of their acting in Just for Kicks that the brothers "aren't the worst child actors I've ever seen,... but they certainly leave a lot to be desired."[29] Dylan and Cole were later cast in...
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