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Make-A-Wish Illinois helps 5-year-old boy star in MADZILLA! movie



    Sick Chicago Boy Stars in His Own Movie

    8/28/2014: Make-A-Wish Illinois helps 5-year-old Chicago boy star in MADZILLA! movie. (Published Friday, Aug. 29, 2014)

    Make-A-Wish Illinois helped grant a unique wish for a 5-year-old boy Thursday.

    Maddex was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2013, and while undergoing his cancer treatment, the Chicago boy bonded with his father and grandfather over the monster movie "Godzilla."

    The organization helped to make a sci-fi adventure movie starring Maddex called "MADZILLA!"

    The film was premiered Thursday night at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, complete with a blue carpet reception and plenty of pomp and circumstance.

    "He knows what he wants," "MADZILLA!" director Jonathan said. "His pitch that I got for what he wanted in the movie, to take a bit out of a train, bus or a car. To scare civilians."

    "He's well beyond his years -- he's 5 years old, going on 6. He's like a 30-year-old," producer Mo Wagdy said.

    Maddex (pictured, right) performs his own stunts in the movie and even gets to devour a taxi with Mayor Rahm Emanuel behind the wheel.

    The boy also got to meet the director of the real Godzilla movie, Gareth Edwards, another wish that came true on a magical night.

    "When they see that that many people care about them and want to make something happen for them, and want to listen to what they're thinking about and make it come to life, that's pretty awesome," Illinois Make-A-Wish CEO Stephanie Springs said.

    Maddex will also get an invite to visit the set of the "Godzilla" sequel when it goes into production.