The same day of Pete’s Dragon premiere, we sat down and chatted with Wes Bentley about his role as Jack in Pete’s Dragon. While you may know him for his character in American Horror Story, he is nothing like that in Pete’s Dragon where he plays a single father running a lumber company. In person he is such a sweet guy!!!! He is so down to earth and you can totally tell that he loves what he does. It was a pleasure getting the chance to chat with him (and then pose with him in a picture).
Here are 10 things I learned from my Pete’s Dragon Interview with Wes Bentley
- Wes didn’t have to do any auditioning, he was asked to be in the film. He had met with David Lowery about a year before for something else and he really wanted him to be in this film.
- Working with Robert Redford was great, everything he thought it would be. His love of actig He is someone he always wanted to emulate as an actor.
- Pretending to ride the dragon with Bryce Dallas Howard was one of his favorite memories of filming.
- He spent 3 months in New Zealand and his family came out to join him for the last 2 months.
- Having been a Disney fan since he was a kid, he was happy to be a part of a Disney film, especially because it is a film that his young kids could watch and enjoy as kids.
- Because he typically plays “bad guy” characters, Wes really had to be aware and mindful of his facial expressions.
- His 6 year old son feels like he has worked on the film too because he would do things to help on set.
- For his role, he tried to learn as much about lumbering and the types and versions of lumbering that you can do and which ones were the most environmentally impactful and tried to convey that into his character, Jack.
- Wes walked away from the film with more of a kid heart…having all those imaginative elements and having a love for the first film himself, all of it was brought back to life.
- He had a really hyperactive imagination as a child and had a bunch of clubs he was the president of.
Pete’s Dragon is officially in theaters! *Click here for my thoughts on the film
“Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.