The 13-year-old boy who plays Mike, Finn Wolfhard, is dealing with a lot, too, but it’s mostly all good stuff, like getting noticed for his first starring role in a Netflix series and co-starring in his first major motion picture, the forthcoming theatrical adaptation of Stephen King’s It.
(He’ll play Richie Tozier, one of the members of the Losers’ Club.) Wolfhard, calling in from Toronto, took a break from his work on that film to chat about how it felt to do his first romantic scenes in Stranger Things, his love of ‘80s music, and his fear of seeing horror movies in actual movie theaters.
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open the door to see who it is or what it is that they want. Obviously if you know-trust the person on the other side, that’s a different situation.
Probably movies that I definitely should not have watched. I just wound up getting inspired by all these movies I grew up watching. I didn’t really care what it was, I just wanted to get into it. I spoke to the Duffer brothers about the challenges they had casting the kids. ” So I read the dummy sides, and I did an audition where I was sick in bed. Well, Guns N’ Roses, but that’s more of like an early ‘90s thing — all those great bands.
You said your dad’s a screenwriter — has he written anything I would know? Matt and Ross really liked it, and they invited me for a Skype call. Did you get introduced to that music by your parents?Hey, if I was in show business, I can promote: “Hey, check it out — you’re in the film business? My dad’s in the film business.” Has it helped so far? Then they were like, “We want you as Dustin,” and they asked him to do a read-through with all the other people who hadn’t been cast. You were not alive when some of the movies being referenced were released. We had this running joke on set that I’m basically them as a kid. Caleb did The Lion King; he was on it for two years. Matt and Ross wrote that in because he has a condition called cleidocranial dysplasia, where he’s been born without a collarbone and it messes up his growth in his teeth. Was that the first time you had to play something like that? Yeah, that was my first time doing romantic scenes. It was the funniest reaction I’ve ever seen on a person, because I was her first kiss. We were more comfortable with it than anyone else would be, which, I was really glad that happened. He was playing Cyndi Lauper, and he had this one tape where he started playing “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” I immediately burst out in laughter because I’m like, I can’t do a scene with this song playing in the background. Is it possible to do a scene with a straight face while listening to Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’? Scary movies, for me, I used to be insanely scared of.You also mentioned that Gaten has become your best friend. Gaten did Les Miz, on tour and on Broadway, for about a year. So he came in and did this all for Matt and Ross, and Matt and Ross were like, we’ve got to put this into the show. Because we got along so well and we were friends prior, we were more comfortable with it because we knew what was going to happen. Millie was telling me that there was a scene you did where Shawn Levy was directing, and he was playing music to get you pumped up. ” So we were listening to awesome ‘80s tunes and he started playing Guns N’ Roses. We were all like jamming to it, me, Millie, and Shawn. But now I know when I’m watching a movie, there’s a guy right there and there’s a guy holding up a light right there. Not only did the Demogorgon flat-out murder Barb (Shannon Purser) during her excursion to the other realm, but visiting the so-called "Upside Down" also caused poor Will (Noah Schnapp) to vomit up a bunch of gross black slugs.A Netflix-sponsored installation at Toronto's annual all-night art event Nuit Blanche, which took place on September 30, replicated the forest from the Emmy-nominated series, but with a big twist.I can watch horror movies at home, but I find it hard to go see them in the theater, too. At home you’re surrounded by things that are familiar to you, so it helps you establish that what you’re watching isn’t real. It’s expecting that jump scare that happens, and when it happens it’s like, BOOM! I mean, I’m not going to say too much about it, but it’s very eerie.