“The rule of just being decent, be a good person, I broke a lot,” pic’s Nick Offerman recalled at the Arclight.
“My parents were strict and I was kept well in line despite being a pretty impressive jackass. I was mischievous and told a lot of fibs. I was always pushing the envelope to see what I could get away with.”
Nick Robinson, who plays the pic’s main troublemaker, remembered being not so much ill-behaved as forgetful.
“I always would leave out the milk on the counter and it would spoil,” he said. “It’s just something I’d forget and get in big trouble for. I caused a lot of extra grocery trips.”
Some of the thesps’ behavior led them into deeper trouble.
“I got lost one time for a couple hours,” said Gabriel Basso. “It was pretty bad. I got lost in a creek and I couldn’t find my way back. The cops even had to come.”
But not everyone admitted his youthful indiscretions.
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“You know, I think I was relentlessly good,” said Marc Evan Jackson, who plays a boy’s dad in the pic. “I was the youngest of three children. In a very real way, I was an only child with four parents.”
On the red carpet, paper crowns were handed out to fans and press. They played on the film’s title, but Jackson thought they resembled a fast-food chain kid’s meal accessory.
“I saw and I was a little confused by it,” he said. “I thought they had come from Burger King not too long ago. Then I thought, Wow, they must be letting anyone take photos these days!”