James Metzler plays the character of Mason McCormick in the 1982 movie Tex. Before turning to acting, Metzler held a variety of jobs, including playing on a minor league baseball team, working as a sports reporter, and even filing in cracks on airport runways! The other notable movie he has appeared in is the 1997 hit film L.A. Confidential.
Tex is set in a small town in Oklahoma. Eighteen-year-old Mason McCormick acts as both father and mother to his nearly fifteen-year-old brother, Tex. Their mother is dead and their father is rarely around; he is an alcoholic and a trouble-maker who rarely bothers with the boys and frequently "forgets" to give them money to live on. Mason has to make a number of difficult decisions for a young man, including having to sell Tex's beloved horse to make ends meet. He also must think about what it will mean to go away to college and leave Tex behind.
The film is based on, and closely follows, the novel of the same name by S.E. Hinton. Hinton also penned the classic and beloved young adult novel The Outsiders.