Exclusive: Regan Mizrahi Talks ‘Nature Calls’ with Johnny Knoxville

November 8, 2012


Looking for some laughs this weekend at the theater? Then we suggest you check out Nature Calls.

The flick stars funny guys Johnny Knoxville & Patton Oswalt and follows polar-opposite brothers Randy and Kirk who never saw eye-to-eye. Their rivalry is taken to a new level when Randy hijacks Kirk’s son’s sleepover, taking the boys on a Scout Trip to remember.

We had the chance to chat with 12 year old Regan Mizrahi, who stars as Kent, a precocious boy in love with Maura Tierney’s character, Janine in the comedy. Find out what it was like to work with comedy greats and if Regan has ever had any wild camping adventures of his own.

Can you tell us about your character Kent in ‘Nature Calls’? Kent is an “old soul.” He is like a forty year old in a 12 year old’s body. He is over dressed for every occasion and is probably the only 12 year old I know who knows how to open and serve a bottle of wine. In my mind, he reads The Times every Sunday and drinks coffee. He spends the movie trying to romance Janine (Maura Tierney’s character.)

You worked with a cast of hilarious people including Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle and Patton Oswalt among others. Was it hard to keep a straight face on set? What was it like working with them? Very hard. We all got very silly. We would feed off each other. I had to bite the inside of my cheek a few times. I often had an ear piece in my ear with my director Todd Rohal offering suggestions. Some made me go “really?” “I can say that?” Awesome!!!

Were you ever a cub/boy scout? If so, did that help when preparing for the role? Nope I never was, but I had family members who were.

Have you ever had a crazy camping adventure? The closest thing I ever got to a crazy camping trip was my sixth grade two day overnight where we went to an eco camp to learn about the environment. We got to roll in the mud and try to learn about eating from nature. My mom was not thrilled with the laundry.

If you could go on a camping adventure in real life with any of your cast members, who would you take with you? My Pal Joshua Ormond. We met when we were five on the set of a Mercedes Benz commercial and we have been friends ever since. We keep getting cast in projects together. Once in a Trident commercial we got toilet plungers put on our hands and feet and got to climb walls. When he got cast in Nature Calls with me we were sooo psyched. He is my “partner in crime” :) I would def take him.

What was your favorite memory from filming the movie? I loved learning to sharpen my improv skills working with guys who do stand up. Every time you learn your lines and are ready, things dont go as planned. One scene that didn’t make it in the film was where the moms of the missing boys are attacking Maura and I have a tray of food I am trying to serve them to calm them down– one lady says “who the hell are you” and “I’m Kent. I’m serving quiche” flew out of my mouth. Everyone cracked up, including me.
It’s fun to give yourself permission to try something out. That’s the beauty of comedy.

Is there a scene you’re most excited for the audience to see? There is a fun scene where Rob, Johnny, and me get to trash an apt. That was fun to do!

Do you have any other upcoming projects? I just did my fifth commercial as the CEO of the Haribo gummy bear commercial campaign. I have new episodes of Dora the Explorer airing (I have been Boots the monkey for the past five years) and I have some very exciting new projects in the works.

Who is someone you’d love to work with in the future? I think Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are incredibly cool.

You started the organization Young Performers Against Bullying. Why did you want to start that? I was seeing a lot of bullying around me. Often kids who aren’t followers and who try to be individuals are targeted for bullying. Kids are so afraid to speak up because when they do, they somehow become a victim again and labeled ‘tattle-tale.” It’s a lose/lose situation. The schools don’t have the extra money to bring in proper anti-bully programs. I want to try and help make a difference.

What advice do you have for those being bullied? Find a trusted person to talk to. It could be a friend, a parent, a teacher. Brainstorm ideas on how to fix the problem. You don’t feel as alone if you talk it out with someone. If it’s not fixable you must go to the school and tell. Not telling is worse.

When you’re not acting, what do you do in your free time? I am a bit of a foodie. I love to cook with my mom (she’s a gourmet cook.) She has been teaching me some of her best recipes. I study alto sax and piano and I play with my toy poodle named Romeo. (All of my pets have had Shakespearean names.)

Any message for your fans? Follow your dreams. If you work hard, anything is possible. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t!

Nature Calls opens November 9, 2012.

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