Thomas Horn — 13-year-old breakout star of the upcoming 9/11 drama, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” — shared the screen with Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, and while working with the veteran actors could have been intimidating, the young star says Sandra went out of her way to make filming a positive experience.
“On camera our characters really had an antagonistic little thing going because we didn’t really understand each other, but as actors we really got to know each other because we spent a good few days together,” Thomas explained to Access Hollywood at “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” premiere in New York City on Thursday, of working with Sandra (who plays his mother in the tearjerker). “Off camera, you know, we would talk and she was really concerned about making me feel comfortable on set.
“She would always give me encouragement and she did everything she could,” he added.
Sandra laughed off Thomas’ praise, telling Access her young co-star was being “very generous” with his compliments toward her, but said working with Thomas during the film’s gut-wrenching scenes was a joy.
“It was like going through a mini emotional war together. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner,” she told Access. “You don’t often get great partners and I was blessed with him — so blessed.”
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” which also stars Viola Davis and John Goodman, hits theaters on January 20.