As Descendants 3 premiered Friday on Disney Channel, the memory of Cameron Boyce loomed large.
Disney cancelled the film’s red carpet premiere and pledged to donate to Thirst Project, a nonprofit organisation he supported. Descendants 3 aired on TV as planned, but before the musical movie started, the company recognised Boyce with a simple message: “For Cameron, Who Made Every Moment Count,” alongside a photo of him in the recording studio.
An hour before the premiere, Boyce’s co-star Dove Cameron shared that her and co-stars Booboo Stewart and Sofia Carson had just sent him text messages of love.
Carson also shared a clip of the group celebrating the wrap of the movie. “Dear cam,” she captioned it, “this one’s for you.”
The day before the movie’s debut, co-star China Anne McClain posted footage of her and Boyce embracing on set. “I love you forever,” McClain wrote. “This movie belongs to YOU.”
Actor Stewart correctly predicted that it also would be tough for some fans to watch.
In fact, many Descendants devotees did get emotional while watching Boyce.
I wanted to watch Descendants because I loved Cameron Boyce so much growing up. I almost lost it when the movie started with this. I left to go to the store because I was getting too sad and of course the song that was playing when I turned my car on was Halo. This is so hard :( pic.twitter.com/dPThWFKBVL
— Julia Kloss 🌸 (@RealJuliaKloss) August 3, 2019
— Brandi Revere (@BrandiR_89) August 3, 2019
— ✨Kali✨ (@Kali_Bali21) August 3, 2019
if you think im gonna watch all of descendants 3 tonight just because i miss cameron boyce,,, you’re absolutely right someone grab the tissues
— Bailey Pickard (@bailey_pickard) August 3, 2019
— dominique franco (@iamniquefranco) August 3, 2019
I’m watching descendants 3 in honor of Cameron Boyce but it is just so hard to see him in this 😭
— lucifur (@lucifurbbcat) August 3, 2019
Both #Descendants3 and #RIPCameronBoyce were trending on Twitter.
By Raechel Shewfelt, Yahoo Entertainment