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The Last Mimzy Kids

Published March 25, 2007 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of New Line Cinema.
Chris O’Neil makes his film debut in The Last Mimzy, as the older brother of a pair of kids who find toys from the future. Rhiannon Leigh Wryn is the veteran with two prior credits. For his first movie experience, O’Neil was impressed.

Chris O'Neil and Rhiannon Leigh Wryn Talk The Last Mimzy

“It was cool,” he said. “It’s a lot different [than I expected]. It’s a lot better but it’s a lot harder than it seems because, number one, it’s not like actors don’t have to do school on the set if they’re kids. So every time everybody else was just sitting around waiting until they fix a camera or something and chatting, I’m in school working hard.”

As the toys allow them to manipulate everyday objects telepathically, CGI comes in. The kids faced the challenge of imagining their special effects like pros. “It was kind of hard because a lot of times, I would have to sit there looking at my bed and doing nothing,” said Wryn.

But even the grown-ups had a hard time. “It was so hilarious,” said O’Neil. “Joely was looking over here and I was looking over there and Rhiannon was pretty much the only one looking in the right direction.

Working with veterans helped the kids succeed in their first major endeavor. “Joely told me when I was up in the air to have a tug of war and Mimzy’s arm broke off because we were really tugging on her,” said Wryn. “It was like, ‘We need a new Mimzy now.’”

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O’Neil took most of his motivation from director Bob Shaye. “With me, a lot of times when I was doing the scene with the generator, Bob is always telling us, ‘Okay, now the crystal’s been sucked into the generator. Now, it’s starting to do stuff. It’s starting to shake, starting to go crazy. It’s turning all these different colors. Now, you’re backing away. You’re really scared and then..boom! The whole state blacks out.’ Then he says, ‘Okay, go to the window. Now you’re looking out and you are scared to death.”

To find kids who could play believable brothers and sisters, the producers tried a few combinations. “It was a mix and match,” said O’Neil.

Wryn recalled the grueling auditions, “Remember, at the end when Bob said ‘make sure she doesn’t fall down’. We were running in the hallway. I was really tired because I’d done it about twenty times because there were a lot of boys there. There were tons more boys and I was the last girl still there, waiting. I was there to try out with all the other boys. He was the last one for me to do it with and I was really tired.”

The Last Mimzy is out in theatres now.

For the trailer, synopsis, review and more movie info, go to The Last Mimzy Movie Page.

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