I was watching Unbreakable just the other evening and noted the very solid performance turned in by Spencer Treat Clark in that film. It occurred to me that Shyamalan got at least solid performances out of young actors in Signs and of course The Sixth Sense, in which Haley Joel Osment gave a spectacular performance, as well. At the other end of the spectrum you have Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker. I don't want to start yet another Lucas-bashing thread, but how much of this is attributable to the directors' skill, or lack thereof, in working with young actors? With the exception of Spencer Treat Clark's performance in Gladiator, I haven't seen any other work from the actors listed above, so I can't judge anything based on their natural talent. I can imagine that getting a performance out of a child-actor would be a different task than getting a performance out of an adult. So, does Shyamalan have a knack for doing so, or just for finding good child-actors? Or possibly both? Do any other directors come to mind as being particularly good with child-actors?