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‘Jeepers Creepers 2’ has local connection

Carol Feineman

The Jack Taggert Jr. character in the horror movie “Jeepers Creepers 2” might seem familiar to many Nevada County residents.

That’s because the actor is Luke Edwards, who was born in Nevada City and lived here for five years until moving to Los Angeles with his mother. His father is Cai Sorlien, a popular African dance teacher who teaches weekly classes at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center in Grass Valley and performs year-round at area events.

Edwards, whose legal name is Luke Edwards Sorlien, is not a stranger to Nevada County – he spent summers here with his father until he turned 15 and movie roles took over any remaining spare time. Edwards, 23, still visits this area twice a year – to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with family and friends.

Among the 14 or so other movies Edwards has appeared in are “Cheaters,” “American Pie 2,” “Little Big League,” “Mother’s Boys” and “The Wizard.” Television appearances include “21 Jump Street” and “Roseanne.” He was also cast as young Steven in the true-life story of a boy kidnapped and severely abused in the television miniseries, “I Know My First Name Is Steven” and as one of three sons of an elementary school principal on the television series “Davis Rules.”

Edwards’ thoroughly enjoyed his “Jeepers Creepers” supporting role in which he and his father hunt the monster.

“It was a lot of fun. Everybody was very friendly on the set. The director (Victor Salva) is a really nice guy,” Edwards said. “Something cool about working in this movie was there was so much night shooting we had to flip our schedules. We would work through the night and sleep during the day.”

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In the meantime, Edwards’ proud father has so far refrained from seeing “Jeepers Creepers 2.”

Sorlien won’t have to wait much longer; he plans on seeing the movie with his son when they visit Sorlien’s mother in New Hampshire later this week. Luke’s grandmother insisted they all see the movie together.

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R-rated”Jeepers Creepers 2″ ends its run tonight at Del Oro in downtown Grass Valley. The last three showings are at 4:45 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:20 p.m.