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Spencer Pickren was born in October in the USA as Spencer Michael Robert De Niro, Bradley Pickren, and Spencer Pickren in Meet the Fockers ( . Bradley and Spencer Pickren, 2-year-old identical twins, played the role of "Little Jack" in the film "Meet the Fockers," a sequel to "Meet the. MEET THE FOCKERS - Q&A with director JAY ROACH . Two, they are twins, Spencer Pickren and Bradley Pickren, who played little Jack, that's usually how.
I mean, he has no personal space, boundaries, no inhibitions. When I saw that, I knew needed someone that you would both love and embrace, and he would stand for a loving, open thing, as compared to the closed, suspicious thing of De Niro's. And he would do that in a way that would be both, even obnoxious, so that Ben Stiller would be embarrassed by it. But, also done in a way you wished that he was your dad. Laughs You know, like you wished he was your father, who would be that aggressively loving to a fault, but to a virtue, too.
And he was easy. And once he saw what I wanted to do with it, the deal was complicated.
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But, his commitment to it was instant, actually. Did the kid know how to speak before the movie or did he learn during the filming? Well, the kid was preverbal when we cast him. He was very sign proficient. That was one of the things we found, they had never been in commercials or anything. We found them, they're from Sacramento. And I have tried this with my kids, too.
There is a theory that if you teach your kid sign language, a few basic rudimentary things, like food and diaper, that they develop communication skills before they develop the coordination, physical skills so they can actually be very articulate in a certain way, and listen And for our kids, they learned to talk quite quickly because they'd been doing this for a while. The mom, Wendy Pickren, had been doing this with these kids.
So, they knew about 50 signs, when we cast them. But they had not spoken a single word. They had made noises. And they were starting to develop other words When you say, kids, you mean more than one is in the movie? Two, they are twins, Spencer Pickren and Bradley Pickren, who played little Jack, that's usually how you have to do it.
Because there's a very limited amount of time you can have with them on the set. And we talked to the mom and said, "you know, how do you feel about teaching your kids this word? Because I have probably already corrupted children worldwide with some of the other films I've done. So they taught him a different word, which was 'azzol'. They made it mean French fry, which is his favorite food.
And he just kept saying, "azzol, azzol. Frankly, by the end he was just saying the flat out, 'asshole'. Laughs And it was too late. Mom was very good-natured about it. But I do fear for their future. Laughs I'm gonna always look out for them, laughs if I can. Well, you're responsible for Fat Bastard, you can't really sink lower than that, can you? I can share a little of that with Mike Myers. But, yeah, I am constantly apologizing to parents who ignore the PG13 warning on the films.
You seem to like to break the rule of filmmaking 'never work with kids and animals', why did you choose both? That's a good question. Bob is a really specific kind of actor who loves the external. You think of him as so method.
But he really loves having external things to help him take the contrivance off of the way the lines are spoken. And he uses props that way.
He'll spend a lot of time on props and wardrobe, so that he'll just have something to kind of obsess about, in the scene, to take his mind off the dialogue. And, in the first film, I was really worried about it, throwing this cat into the situation.
Because I thought, "oh, he's never gonna like that, it's always gonna mess with his performance. It's gonna be doing bad things, but he's doing a good thing and vice versa. And he kept asking for it to be in more scenes. I realized that it was a way for him to kind of create a whole other reality. The plan with the kids was that that would do the same thing.
Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way. He loved them, he really loved those kids and he spent tons of time with them in pre-production playing games and trucks, so that they wouldn't be afraid of him. And the first day we shot the head-butting scene, and Ben had to react suddenly, it scared the kid.
And then Bob had to hold the baby and yell at Ben. And that scared the kid. From then on, the boys didn't really enjoy being around either Ben or Bob, laughs for the rest of the shoot. So we had to put them in kind of couples therapy.
You know, trying to have them spend a lot of time together. And they did get better over time. But a lot of the kids' stuff was shot separate from them using over the shoulder shots and stuff like that. But he loves kids and animals. And that, that actually made, I actually think that rule is outdated, for me, at least.
I'm always gonna have kids and animals, because it throws another wild card into the situation. The actors never know what's gonna happen next.
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They have to be incredibly good on the first or second take because that may be all you get with a little kid like that. And it's always something funny to cut to. Those kids were such great comic relief in the film. Were you intimidated by your incredible cast when you started filming? I admit that, going into the film, I was terrified. People had warned me about having so many big personalities. What I discovered was that, although it was incredibly time-consuming, they all have ideas, tons of ideas, tons of questions.
So you can't really slip something past them and manipulate them by only giving them part of the story. They know the whole story. For me the advantage is that they're usually ahead of me, because they're focused on their own character, individually, and they're trying to figure out how the story will be told, filmically, as if they were directing it. It gets tricky when Dustin's sneaking over and giving Ben notes about his performance. Or, Barbra got an idea about, "would it really cut better if you shot it that way?
I lost a lot of sleep. I spent a lot of time talking to them laughs. But I knew it was gonna be like, literally, having a lion taming act, where you had four of the best lions in the cage, as opposed to, just one. And I felt like it worked out that way.
One last thing I will say is that they were incredibly cool to each other.
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They performed for each other. They spent most of the time trying to make each other laugh, which added comic layers to the scenes.
And then, also, made it much more enjoyable. I knew everybody was always like "oh, it's a big party on our set. It was a pure pleasure. That dinner scene, we shot for four days, with them all sitting around that table, eating.
And they could perform it, time after time after time, in big master shots. I have one whole master with that whole scene that could have just run without any cuts. Well, you should ask him that. A little is made up and a little is him. I think, especially in this film, a warmth comes out that I didn't see as much on the last film.
Because of what he's going through in his own life. He's been through transitions. And he's at that place where you're just trying to figure out what it all adds up to. And he's in a legacy phase, if you will. I think he got to a place of looking for more layers.
He just seemed more confident somehow. And it was extremely cool working with him like it was last time, too. But I was afraid of him last time, really afraid of him. And I'd gotten to know him a little better on this one. I was a little more willing to go up and say "you know, that thing where you told me how you were feeling about this other thing in your life. This is something pretty important happening. When you realize that everybody's lied to you, you're out of your own circle of trust, all that, that moment.
The whole hard ass thing, that he is suspicious, he's a private person. But he's a pussycat. How did you direct him? On the first one, I would hear myself, in dailies, giving him notes from off camera. And I'm just "oh, my God. Well, she was fun in a different way.
They were both fun, they were actually fun as a duo. The first time we met was in her house in Malibu. They had not seen each other, or talked much in a long, long time. And he came in and it was, right away, just you're so beautiful. He was kissing her and they were doing improvisations sometimes in character, sometimes just off on their own. And she has the ability, she's a great comedienne.
I knew she would be, I saw all her old comedies. But she has the improv ability that I don't think people are familiar with, which is to keep up with him. And he's great at it. Then, she is so smart as a storyteller, she can find a button on the comedy that actually concludes an improv. It's very hard to find an ending in improvisation. That's a rare skill. She's amazing at it. A lot of the stuff that happened at that dinner scene, was her coming up with a kind of And that was the way she found all that, she came up with all that stuff on her own.
So, I think they're both hilarious, and they should do more stuff as a comedy duo. What was Barbra's contribution to the dinner scene? She came up with this whole thing of being so out of it that she could start laughing while she was telling a story of the circumcision.
And the idea of arguing with him Ben "you slept in our bed until you were 10", and he goes "I don't think I was. Usually, I have to do that editorially. On stage, Greg uncontrollably blurts out that Pam is pregnant and that Jorge is his son in a Darth Vader -esqe matter before immediately losing consciousness. The next morning, Pam questions Greg about Jorge, and Greg does not confirm or deny that he is Jorge's father, but insists that he knew nothing about him before the previous evening.
Pam believes him, and is willing to work things out with him. Jack reaches his breaking point with Greg's dishonesty and demands that Pam and Dina leave the island with him. Dina refuses and reveals Jack's actions to everyone. Everyone turns against Jack, with Pam announcing her intent to marry Greg regardless of him having Jorge with Isabel, and Dina admits that they were all aware of Pam's pregnancy. A shocked and hurt Jack leaves with his grandson. Bernie and Greg pursue Jack, but are soon tasered and arrested by an overzealous deputy sheriffVern LeFlore, for speeding and refusing to remain in their car.
Meanwhile, Jack is informed that Greg is not Jorge's father his real father turns out to be a baseball player who also resembles Gregand attempts to defend Greg and Bernie, but the overzealous Leflore tasers and arrests him, too.
In their cell, Greg, Jack, and Bernie are released by the local judge, Ira, who is a client of Roz and a close friend of the Fockers. Before they leave, Greg asks that Jack and Bernie stop their feud.
Jack admits that he made a mistake regarding Jorge and reveals his past career in the CIA to Bernie, before apologizing for his actions and making up with the two of them.
During the post-credit sceneJack watches hidden baby-cam footage of the Fockers giving attention to Little Jack over Jack's previous objections: Roz gives Little Jack chocolate, Bernie advises him to use his crying to disagree with everything Jack says, and Greg pretends to drunkenly tell Little Jack to keep it a secret that he left to smoke pot, not answer the phone, when he left Little Jack unattended and that Pam is not really pregnant and only said it so that Jack would let them get married.
Greg then pretends to only just discover the camera but then after making teasing gestures at it, Greg reveals that he knew about it all along and none of the things he said before was true.