The 'Where the Wild Things Are' Cast Earned 'Cool Points' from Their Kids

Fans of Maurice Sendak's classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are may find it hard to imagine the fantastical tale played out as a feature-length, live-action film. But director Spike Jonze worked his magic in creating an edgy, enchanting movie adaptation.

For Max Records, the film's 12-year-old star who plays Max, the little boy with the big imagination, the freebies (he got to keep a wolf suit!) and the freedom were among the perks. The child actor says his onscreen mom, 40-Year-Old Virgin star Catherine Keener  (who has a 10-year-old son Clyde), actually encouraged him to curse to get pumped up for his action scenes. "She just told me to yell as loud as I could -- all the swears I knew of," he says.

And for Forest Whitaker, Lauren Ambrose and Catherine O'Harawho voice the parts of the "wild things," working on a project that they could share with their kids was a plus. "All their friends are talking about going to see the movie," says Oscar-winning Whitaker, who's a father of four.

Check out our exclusive video of the cast to learn how many "cool points" the movie earned them from their little ones and hear why Max, like his character, has a wild imagination.



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