‘Shark’ attacks H’w’d

'Lava' helmer Rodriguez brings out family for pic bow

“The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D” is a world away from director Robert Rodriguez‘s previous effort, “Sin City,” but the Texan helmer known for his cowboy hat and terrific budget management said that’s what the Weinsteins wanted.

“Bob called me up and said we need another 3-D movie after the success of the last ‘Spy Kids,’ ” Rodriguez said at Saturday’s El Capitan preem. “I suggested a third sequel, but he said I would be cannibalizing my efforts. So I just said, ‘What about Shark Boy and Lava Girl?’ ”

The rest is kiddie empowerment history.

Movie was actually conceived with his son Racer Max, who gets the onscreen “story by” credit,” and Rodriguez treated the kickoff as one big family affair.

After bringing his brood onstage before the pic started, the director credited his clan for making it a reality. “I come from a family of 10. So I’ll just have five kids and make them work twice as hard.”

Indeed, Rodriguez’s wife, Elizabeth Avellan, who produces all of his pics, is pregnant with No. 5. Considering all the hats worn by the other family members during this production, “I’m hoping we’ll have a little cameraman this time, because that’s what we need,” Rodriguez said.

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