Whoa! Bastian From 'The Neverending Story' Looks Totally Different

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Major flashback alert! We're about to take it all the way back to 1984 to revisit Wolfgang Petersen's classic fantasy film, The NeverEnding Story. The charming movie shaped many childhoods and had kids begging for a copy of the book, a pet luck dragon and a power-wielding Golden AURYN necklace. Although it's been over 30 years since the film debuted, we still remember the film's child star, Barrett Oliver.

In the movie, Barret played Bastian Bux, a troubled little boy who unknowingly stumbles upon a mysterious book that magically transports him to the endangered alternate universe of Fantasia.

So where is Barret today? After The NeverEnding Story, he landed big-screen roles in films like D.A.R.Y.L., Tim Burton's Frankenweenie and Cocoon, but eventually gave up acting altogether in 1988.

Brace yourselves, though, because the grownup Barret doesn't even resemble the cute little kid with the bowl haircut and pouty lips who holed himself up in a school attic to read to his heart's content. Since his acting days, Barret's made a name for himself as a photographer, printer, author and teacher whose work has been included in art exhibits, museums, publications and films. In 2007, he released the book, A History of the Woodburytype, which explores a process used to reproduce photographs. As of 2012, he was living in Los Angeles.

SIGH. It's always great to catch up with stars from our childhood, but don't even think about asking how ancient this makes us feel.

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