In February 2021, one eagle-eyed fan on social media noticed that Disney’s new Cruella movie would be released on the late actor’s birthday — May 28. “A Cruella de Vil movie dropping on Cameron Boyce’s birthday, who plays her son in Descendants,” an Instagram comment read.
The apparent coincidence comes months after Adam Sandler — who starred alongside Cameron in the Grown Ups films — paid tribute to the late star at the end of his Netflix movie Hubie Halloween, which hit the streaming service in October 2020. Mid-way through the credits, fans noticed a photo of Cameron come onto the screen alongside a message honoring the actor. “In loving memory of CAMERON BOYCE,” the tribute read. “Gone way too soon and one of the kindest, coolest, funniest, and most talented kids we knew. You live on forever in our hearts and are truly missed every day.”
During an interview on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Adam also revealed that Cameron was supposed to have a role in the Netflix film, but died “just a few days before filming.”
“That kid was a great kid,” Adam told the host. “His family’s amazing. I know him from Grown Ups … I watched him grow up and become a superstar. My kids worshipped him, he came to my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah.”
He also revealed that Cameron came up with the iconic like from Grown Ups, “I wanna get chocolate wasted!”
The actress broke down in tears as she remembered “a really close friend” who “was in my life for half of my life” before taking the dance floor and performing a Foxtrot to the song “Ordinary People” by John Legend, which earned her a score of 28, praise from the judges and the first 10 of the season.
“We just really built this bond for years and years and years and he was kind of like a big brother figure to me, you know, and always looked out for me through everything. He really molded me into the person I am now. Of course, I miss him every day,” Skai told partner Alan Bersten. “It just makes me a little bit sad, of course. He’s not here, but I know that he would be really proud of me … I’m just really glad that he’s here to watch over us.”
Since Cameron’s death, his friends, family and Descendants costars have spoken out about his death. Scroll through our gallery to see all the celebrity tributes.
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