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Liam Aiken
21. Oct 2003 at 11:49
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This is from Latino Review, interviewer is Julian Roman. Note the comments about "Lemony Snickett" in the last 2 questions.

An Interview with Liam Aiken

Liam Aiken is a pretty sharp kid. I think of myself at 13 and I was a blabbering idiot. He makes the most of his role in Good Boy and deserves a lot of credit for it. Liam is poised for Harry Potter-esque stardom with his next role. Heís won the lead opposite Jim Carrey in Brad Silberlingís ďA Series of Unfortunate EventsĒ. Thatís the title for the big screen adaptation of the wildly popular Lemony Snickett childrenís books. Letís hope Liam stays on the right track and doesnít end up an E True Hollywood story.

What was the hardest part of making this movie?

Liam: Probably acting every day, because these dogs donít talk back, obviously. Itís kind of confusing. There was a guy in the corner who would say the lines. So sometimes you would look over to him, because thatís how you refer to people. It was confusing but I got used to it.

Did you treat them like normal dogs or is it all the trainers?

Liam: Well, when they were working they were pretty serious. They were like on the trainer. Looking at him the whole time. You could play with them, but not the main dog. They didnít want us to build a relationship, because in the movie heís kind of cold with me. They didnít him like wagging his tail or anything. All these dogs were pets; they have never been in a movie before. They were so well trained it was incredible. They could make them sneeze on command.

This is based on a book right?

Liam: Yeah, but the director wrote [John Hoffman] wrote it.

What did you like about making this film?

Liam: Well, I liked it because it had a better sense of humor than most movies Iíve seen recently. It had a sense of humor that Iím sure adults would like as well. I think itís a good all around movie for everything. My mom thought it was really good too. That says a lot.

Are you ready to be a big star? This is your first starring role.

Liam: Yes, itís my first starring role. It should be interesting to see whatís gonna happen.

How was it working with Molly Shannon and Kevin Nealon?

Liam: (Laughs) Oh they were so funny! They would do things they werenít asked to do and it made the movie funnier. Their reactions, I guess from working on SNL, they got a comedic sense of humor that really shines through. Theyíre good serious actors too. I guess they are not known for that, but that can do that too.

Youíve made a lot of films, but not really a comedy. How was it different?

Liam: Itís a lot more enjoyable. This was my first one. It was a nice little change. I really liked it.

What do you do when youíre not acting?

Liam: I like to skateboard, a lot of normal stuff, you know. Have fun, hang out with friends.

Do you have any pets?

Liam: Actually I got a dog after the movie. I got an Italian Greyhound. Itís like Nelly in the movie. [Note: The greyhound was a gift to Liam from the movie producers.]

Did you pick which dog you liked the best?

Liam: Yeah, I liked Nelly. Itís like a nervous little runaround dog.

Did you get the one from the movie?

Liam: No, I got its cousin.

How do your friends react to your job? I take it none of them are actors?

Liam: No they arenít. Iíve been doing it for so long theyíre like used to it. Theyíre like Iím gonna be gone again. In the beginning they were curious to see what I was doing. But now that they know they really don'tíworry about it.

Why did you want to start acting?

Liam: (Laughs) I needed a college fund. So I started off doing commercials and it expanded from that really. I was just going to do a few commercials, but I liked it so much, so I kept going.

How old were you when you started?

Liam: I was six when I did my first commercial.

What kind of movies do you like?

Liam: I like comedies and action type films. I really do like comedies actually. I like to have a good time.

Whatís your favorite movie from this year?

Liam: Hmm, from this year, I really thought The Italian Job was good. I really thought that was good. It was very entertaining, kept you going, never really lagged. I was never like, when is this gonna end? I thought it was quite funny.

What was it like seeing the film all put together, with all the voices added?

Liam: It was so gratifying and cool to see how it ended up. You work on it and itís really interesting to see how itís put together. I was really curious how all the muzzle shots were going to look. I think it turned out pretty good.

Whatís a muzzle shot?

Liam: Itís how they make their mouth movie.

What kind of film would you like to make?

Liam: I would like to make films like Good Boy. I thought it was fun. I kinda like that sort of movie, funny with serious tones. I really liked the way it turned out.

Did you know which actors were going to voice the dogs?

Liam: Itís funny kind because it happened as we went along. I know they had Matthew Broderick and Brittany Murphy. I know they wanted Carl Reiner. They were talking to all these people and then you find out they get them. Itís interesting to see. It was good. I liked it.

Whatís it like being a child star?

Liam: Itís pretty interesting. Now that I think about it, if I was in school all year Iíd be like restless. Iíd want to be doing things, because itís something I really like. You really do get restless. You want to do it.

Do you go to public school? Do you have any brothers or sisters?

Liam: Yeah, I go to public school. I donít have any brothers or sisters. Iím an only child.

Whoís you favorite pro skater?

Liam: I like Eric Carson. Heís a great street skater. I like him the most.

Do you have another project lined up?

Liam: Yes, itís called A Series of Unfortunate Events. We start filming in December. I play Klaus. Weíre filming with Jim Carrey and Brad Silberlingís directing. It should be a lot of fun. Itís a big one, Lemony Snickett. Iíll be taking time off. Itís going to be a long shoot, four to five months. Itíll be a fun one.

Those are unbelievably popular books.

Liam: I know. We actually went out and saw the set work. Itís, when you see it, itís like Lord of the Rings caliber. I thought it looked fantastic. I was like oh my god itís so big. I read the books before I auditioned. Itíll be fun.
  
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Re: Liam Aiken
Reply #1 - 21. Oct 2003 at 23:45
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That was an interesting article.  Smiley

I could kind of see Liam sitting there with his cute grin.  He does have one, don't you think?  Smiley

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Reply #2 - 22. Oct 2003 at 07:46
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Indeed, it's hard to think of a more impish grin than Aiken's. It reminds me of a lad that lived down the block some years ago. He used to come over and play with my son. He had a smile that was much like Liam Aiken's.

It was a funny situation too. My son was five years old, and the other boy was ten. Despite their age difference, they were inseparable. Both had "stinky" sisters, as they referred to them. Of course, the sisters were both precious little girls, but I thought it was so proto-boyish how they referred to them.
  
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Smiley I saw Liam in several movies. I liked his very good play !

  
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Reply #4 - 20. Apr 2013 at 22:04
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Wow, this one's certainly been bumped. I thought Liam was excellent in 'Good Boy' and I'm not always keen on doggie movies. He was good in 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' though his part as Klaus was rather muted. It didn't give him much opportunity to express his acting abilities. The only other film I have of him on DVD is 'The Road to Perdition' but it's only a small part as the tragic young brother.
  
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Reply #5 - 22. Apr 2013 at 14:24
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I first saw Liam in



which I went to not knowing there was a boy in it...
  
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Reply #6 - 26. Apr 2013 at 20:36
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Got to admit Liam looks as cute as a button in that pic, 'hosenhaus'.
I note what you said about going to see a film and not knowing a boy was in it. I bought the DVD set of 'The Mummy' films starring Brendan Fraser. I was pleasantly surprised to find in 'The Mummy Returns' that Rich and Evie O'Connell have a ten year old son played by Freddie Boath. He is not credited nor is there even a picture of the boy on the DVD cover.
  
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Reply #7 - 26. Apr 2013 at 21:55
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Cinefan wrote on 26. Apr 2013 at 20:36:
Got to admit Liam looks as cute as a button in that pic, 'hosenhaus'.




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Cinefan wrote on 20. Apr 2013 at 22:04:
The only other film I have of him on DVD is 'The Road to Perdition' but it's only a small part as the tragic young brother.

I thought he did great, despite the small part he had, I actually didn't know it was him til I was on my third viewing of the film.
  
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Cinefan wrote on 26. Apr 2013 at 20:36:
He is not credited nor is there even a picture of the boy on the DVD cover.

Isn't that irritating when they completely disregard a boy actor like that!? it is for me!
  
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