‘Boy’ Star James Rolleston Seriously Injured in New Zealand Car Crash

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The Kiwi actor, 19, hit a bridge and had to be airlifted to hospital.

Kiwi actor James Rolleston, the star of Taika Waititi’s 2010 box office hit Boy, has been seriously injured in a car accident on the north island of New Zealand, according to local media. 

Rolleston 19, was in a car near his home town of Opotiki, when it hit a bridge on the eastern side of the Bay of Plenty town on Tuesday night local time. At the time of writing its was unclear if Rolleston was driving or a passenger in the car. Rolleston was airlifted by helicopter from the accident site to nearby Tauranga Hospital.

Rolleston’s agent Tim Gordon told the New Zealand Herald Wednesday morning that his family are with him at the hospital "At the moment, he is in a holding pattern. He's alright. They are making him comfortable and he is responding to all the things he needs to respond to," Gordon said.

Family friend Barry Howe told the Herald that word of the crash had spread quickly in the small community.

"He's a good boy, bit of an icon in our little town. He's really down to earth. He still plays rugby when he comes down. He played two weeks ago. All of our hopes and wishes are out there for James' recovery. All the boys are a bit devastated, all rooting for him for a speedy recovery," Howe said.

Rolleston played the lead role in the critically acclaimed comedy Boy, in his debut feature when he was 13, about a child who idolizes his errant and largely absent father. Boy was a box office hit and has only been surpassed this year as New Zealand’s top grossing film of all time at the local box office by Waititi’s fourth film Hunt For The Wilderpeople.

In 2014 Rolleston starred in another two kiwi films, Toa Fraser’s The Dead Lands, and The Dark Horse. He will next be seen in Alison McLean’s The Rehearsal, based on Booker Award winner Eleanor Catton’s debut novel, and Pork Pie, which StudioCanal will release in New Zealand in February 2017.