Son of Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan set to impress in ‘The Hunger Games’
BY BILL ZWECKER March 12, 2012 8:25PM
‘JACK GETS IT’ Jack Quaid, soon to be seen in “The Hunger Games,” has inherited the acting talent of his famous parents. | Moses Robinson~Getty Images
Updated: May 9, 2012 10:21AM
In all the hype for the hugely anticipated “The Hunger Games,” one co-star getting buzz is Jack Quaid, the son of Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, who is making his big-screen debut.
Unbiased sources tell me the young Quaid — said to be very sad about his dad’s and stepmom Kimberly Buffington-Quaid’s increasingly nasty pending divorce — has inherited his parents’ acting chops.
“Jack is ready for people to hate him, since he’s playing the evil Marvel in ‘The Hunger Games,’ but trust me, Jack really has a big career in front of him,” said a Hollywood heavyweight who should know. “The Hunger Games” opens March 23.
“Both Meg and Dennis have given Jack lots of good advice on how to carefully craft a career. Starting out in what will likely be the biggest blockbuster of the year ain’t bad!” another source close to the young actor said with a laugh. “Jack gets it. This kid absolutely knows how to handle the fame game.”
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