Teen actor Nathan Gamble first played the role of Sawyer Nelson in 2011’s Dolphin Tale for which he received a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Feature Film.
In Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, Gamble returns to his character who now faces another difficult decision.
Gamble explains, “Sawyer has learned a lot over the years, thanks to his work at Clearwater. He has been offered the chance of a lifetime—to spend a semester at sea in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean, studying and swimming with wild dolphins. Everyone is telling him what a fantastic opportunity it is, but it will mean leaving dolphin Winter when she needs him most. He’s conflicted about what to do.”
No longer the shy, withdrawn boy he was when he found Winter on the beach, Sawyer is a teenager now and “has definitely grown up,” the actor continues.
For director Charles Martin Smith, Gamble is an extraordinary young man. He explains, “He brought a natural sensitivity to the character of Sawyer. You can also feel the strength of his bond with Winter, and it is a genuine bond. I’m convinced of it. When Nathan, as Sawyer, is talking to Winter and she responds directly to him, that’s absolute gold.”
Gamble made his feature film debut as the young son of Brad Pitt and Cate Blan-chett’s characters in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s acclaimed 2006 drama Babel, winning the role over thousands of other young actors in a nationwide talent search. He earned his first Young Artist Award nomination for his performance in the film.
The promising actor has also received Young Artist Award nominations for his work in the thriller The Mist from director Frank Darabont, and Marley & Me in which he co-starred with Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, under the direction of David Frankel.
In 2008, Gamble appeared as Commissioner Gordon’s son in Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster The Dark Knight with Gary Oldman and Christian Bale.
Opening across the Philippines on October 8, Dolphin Tale 2 is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.