He starred in the movie Apt Pupil, which was based on a Stephen King novella. He played a high school student who develops a relationship with a former Nazi concentration camp guard (Ian McKellen).
In the movie Sleepers, his character is forced to eat food off the floor by a sadistic juvenile detention center guard (Kevin Bacon). Brad said in an interview that the film crew wanted to sanitize the area before this scene, but he told them not to because he wanted to "really get into" the part.
Brad Renfro: Everybody thinks I'm, like, a bad boy. I've had my day, but I just sit at home and play the blues mostly.