If Jonathan Jackson seems a little old for his years it’s probably because he’s been a working actor for most of his young life, notably as Lucky on General Hospital. That must have been an asset for his role of Jesse Tuck, the younger son of a family who have stumbled upon the secret of immortality. When I talked with him on August 30, 2002, we talked about some of the heavy issues raised by the film, things like life and death, and how his spiritual bent influences his views. My first question,l though, was what his handle was on playing someone who is 104 but who lives in a perpetually 17-year-old body.
Based on the book by Natalie Babbitt, TUCK EVERLASTING is a fanciful, yet thought-provoking tale of what happens when Jesse falls in love with Winner (Alexis Bliedel), a girl without the gift of immortality. As an obstacle to a happily ever after, it’s unique, and told with aa sweetness that doesn’t detract from the fascinating philosophical implications inherent in such situations. The film c0-stars Sissy Spacek, Ben Kingsley, Amy Irving, and William Hurt. It was directed by Jay Russell from a script by Jeffrey Lieber and James V. Hart.