Russell to star in ‘A Season of Miracles’

Published 5:38 pm Friday, May 25, 2012

Clanton’s rising star, Grayson Russell, has landed yet another role in a major motion picture.

This time, however, Grayson will take on a character vastly different from ones in his past films.

On May 12, he and his fellow cast members started production on the independent film “A Season of Miracles” in Wilson County, near Nashville.

“He’s very excited because he gets to play a much different type character,” Crystal Russell, Grayson’s mother, said. “His name is Rafer. He is mildly autistic, and he is gifted in baseball.”

Grayson is working alongside John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard) in the Elevating Entertainment film, based on the award-winning script written by Rusty Whitener and directed by Dave Moody.

Crystal said Moody, the president of Elevating Entertainment, contacted Grayson about getting involved with “A Season of Miracles.”

He caught Moody’s eye as a presenter at the Christian Music Awards in 2007.

“Mr. Moody was actually in the audience, so he’s kind of been a fan of Grayson’s over the years,” Crystal said.

Grayson launched his acting career with his role as Will Ferrell’s son, Texas Ranger, in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”

He followed that with his role as Fregley in the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movie series.

The third installment of the “Wimpy Kid” movies, “Dog Days,” is set to be released Aug. 3.

Crystal said she and Grayson’s father, Jerry, try to spend as much time with him as possible when the cameras aren’t rolling.

“I travel with him when he’s on set, and my husband always comes and visits,” she said. “This is the closest to home he’s ever gotten to film, so this is a treat for us.”

Crystal said “A Season of Miracles” will wrap up in about two weeks.

“Hopefully, soon after that, he’ll go into another (movie),” she said. “He enjoys it, and that’s what’s important.”