"There's a lot of really nasty things out there," the filmmaker said. "I was always expecting the vitriol, because the character is not a regular kid, in a lot of ways. He has all sorts of tics and phobias and is not an easily likable, Disney kid."
In any case, Thomas said he isn't sure if he'd like to be an actor when he gets older. He's already considering going into computer science or law, though his agent — who also represents fellow kid actor and "True Grit" star Hailee Steinfeld — is still "screening opportunities" for him in Hollywood.
If he does end up in Tinseltown, though, he'd "like to be in the heartbreaking actor mold better than the partying celebrity," he said earnestly.
In an email, Bullock wrote that she felt confident that Thomas "will do great things in life — whatever he decides to do" — a sentiment Daldry echoed.