At 11, Spencer Breslin can hardly remember a time when he wasn't on screen. At 3 he was doing commercials, at 4 he played opposite Dan Aykroyd in the "Soul Man" TV series, and at 8 he was the kid in the Bruce Willis comedy "The Kid."
His technique, as it developed, came partly through immersion, with perhaps a bit of Pavlov thrown in. (On "The Kid," "every time I was good in a shot, Bruce'd give me a Tootsie Roll," Breslin says with a laugh.)
And now he's on to the classics, in this case "The Cat in the Hat," due in theaters Nov. 21. Like many a Hollywood veteran, he's effusive when talking about his co-stars, but unlike some, he seems quite genuine. "Mike Myers" -- the Cat -- "is great. He was an amazing guy on the set," Breslin says.
The making of "The Cat" also brought the young actor his own war story. "Uh, I got sick during the shoot!" he says after a short pause. "I had my appendix taken out. No! Not on the set!" He laughs. "Actually it was on a Sunday. I woke up and I felt pain in my stomach." Filming was almost over in January and there were about two weeks left to the shoot. So what did he do?