Haley Joel Osment Talks About His Shocking Transformation Into a Nazi for New Movie

Haley Joel Osment
Haley Joel Osment looks very different for his new movie. Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage; Miguel Aguilar/PacificCoastNews

Gone are Haley Joel Osment's days of playing the adorable Forrest Junior in Forrest Gump. Now, the grown-up former child star, 26, is taking on very different roles. 

Osment made headlines last week when he was seen after a shocking movie makeover, playing a greasy-looking Canadian Nazi sympathizer in the upcoming movie Yoga Hosers, which is the sequel to this month's drama Tusk

"I play a real person — a comic version of a real person — named Adrien Arcand, who was the Canadian fuhrer in the '30s, and who thought that he could bring about the Third Reich in Canada too," Osment explained on Access Hollywood on Monday, Sept. 15. "They plotted out land in Manitoba for Hitler to come and have a base there and everything. [He was] this total nutcase."

To embody said nutcase, Osment was walking the streets of Los Angeles shooting scenes as Arcand in period garb.

"My voice is kind of messed up now [because] all last week I was standing on a crate in downtown Los Angeles, screaming Nazi things," he said. "What's kinda funny now though, is, I think back in the day, if someone took a photo of you walking around dressed like a Nazi, the context wouldn't be immediately clear. Luckily, everybody on Twitter was like, 'Oh, okay, it's a Kevin Smith movie. You're good.'"

"It's not a popular look, the armband and everything," Osment added of his Nazi costume. "There's a reason for wearing it." 

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