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Incredibly huge moment for 'Extremely Loud's' Thomas Horn

With his starring role as the precocious, grieving Oskar Schell in 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,' 14-year-old Thomas Horn makes a buzz-worthy debut.

December 31, 2011|By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times

"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.

"This will be a moment in his life, and that moment will pass and then he'll be a regular school kid again," said the director. "So is showbiz really the path he should go down? I think he should worry about it when he gets out of Yale."

amy.kaufman@latimes.com

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