East Texans rolled out the red carpet for a Lufkin High School student whose dream is to be a movie star. The Make-a-Wish Foundation and SFA film students made it possible for the 16-year-old who has cystic fibrosis to get his first taste of show biz.
Brett Thomas rolled into Nacogdoches in style and the celebrity treatment kept going as the East Texas Motorcycle Enthusiasts escorted him to the movie set.
"I feel like a real celebrity with my shades on," said Brett.
Brad Maule is producing the the student film and said, "It's neat to have a limousine pick you up and take you to the set. That means you're a star."
It's all part of Brett's wish to be a movie star made possible through the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Texas Gulf Coast and Greater Louisiana Make-a-Wish board of directors member Susan Cox said, "What we're doing today is just kind of getting his feet wet and getting him going and teaching him a little about what it's like to be on a movie set"
Brett has cystic fibrosis and since he was six years old he has dreamed of becoming an actor so Wednesday he got the first taste of the limelight.
"A cameo appearance is what it is," said Brett. "Just to get the start of how it is."
Maule portrayed Dr. Tony Jones on the tv show General Hospital for more than 20 years and he is helping produce the SFA student film: The Fast Ones".
"I think it's a great thing to do and he wants to be an actor so we want to help him," said Maule. "We're going to break him into show business slowly."
In Brett's film debut he is playing a diner who is having a meal at Kinfolk's restaurant.
"It's scary at first then you get used to it, get the hang of it," said Brett.
Brett's family joined him on set today and his mom says it's been amazing experience.
"I'm so happy. I'm so elated. I'm overwhelmed. It's so nice to see him experience his dream," said Keri Faught, Brett's mom.
The whole day was just a kick off to Brett's full wish. The Make-a-Wish Foundation is working to get him on the set of a hollywood film.
"There are so many wonderful people that came together who didn't even know my child and they've supported that," said Faught.
"This is probably the most exciting wish we've done and it came together so easily," said Cox.
"Who knows, Brett might get his dream...somebody might notice him and see something beautiful in him and he gets to actually live his dream," said Faught.
Brett says he had a great day and felt like he got the full Hollywood experience from start to finish. He talked with fans, signed autographs, had his make up and hair done and talked with the movie director, all in a days work.
Brett says he thinks he'll definitely have one of the best summer stories to tell when school starts back in the fall.
The SFA student film: The Fast Ones is expected to show in Nacogdoches sometime in December 2014.