WLYS Exclusive Interview: Max Records

Published July 31, 2009 by Graham

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It’s been two and a half years since principal shooting wrapped on Where the Wild Things Are. While Max Records and his father Shawn haven’t drifted into complete Hollywood radio silence– they flew to Serbia, for instance, so Max could shoot The Brothers Bloom– they’ve remained for the most part sheltered from the PR machine in their hometown of Portland, Oregon. On the morning of the big Warner Brothers presentation at Comic Con, Max was sent on his first whirlwind publicity tour. Shuffling through a series of hotel junkets and convention center green rooms for photo shoots and interviews, the younger Record found himself at the mercy of media outlets instructing him to lounge on piles of pillows bearing the cadaverous visage of Robert Pattinson, hordes of preemptive megafans clamoring for autographs, and busty entertainment journalists leaning in closer than most tween boys are comfortable with.

Overwhelmed by the frenzy, the Records escaped to their hotel room to recover after the panel. Max and his younger brother Sam ate room service grilled cheese sandwiches while they filled me in on the details of the Portland Trailblazers’ dramatic showdown with the Houston Rockets. Since he’d been through the standard behind-the-scenes questions all day, I wanted to give Max a chance to relax and talk a little about himself and his interests outside the movie. Check out our interview below, where Max fills me in on the work of Osamu Tezuka, his favorite Portland bands, and local legends of Matt Groening’s mischievous childhood.

Above photo by Michael Muller from Entertainment Weekly’s online feature Shooting Stars: 71 Portraits From Comic-Con 2009.

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32 comments so far

  1. myredboots says:

    i can’t believe the Ellen Page voice. and even the same way of speaking/phrasing! unbelievable.
    he does seem cool.

  2. Jesus says:

    He did a great job in the brothers bloom

  3. Wow that is one tripped out rumor :) Good job Max!

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  7. nssk says:

    the kid has good taste…especially someone going into the seventh grade. nice to see a kid not into the disney pre teen suckfest.

  8. cliffdogg says:

    wow, what a cool kid. Go Max!

  9. Dave H says:

    Max is such a cool dude. Good taste, man.

  10. mike3k says:

    Such a cool kid.. he even likes The Decemberists and uses a nice MacBook Pro!

  11. Mitzi-doll says:

    O my goodness. he is so adorable! I wish he would do more movies!

  12. Jackson says:

    luckky lucky luckyyyyy
    like decembrists and the shins? try said the whale and dan mangan

  13. SnowLotus says:

    What a talented little guy!
    Hah, I hope he has a big brother or sister to keep his ego in check…

  14. Name Required says:

    Rattling off graphic novel titles, designing pink converse…this kid is cooler than me and I’m 13 years his senior. *sigh*

  15. chelsea says:

    he is so cute only to bad for me hes 2 grades higher than me and he lives in a dif state no fair

  16. evan says:

    this kid is amazing.

  17. TB says:

    thats sooo coll i ttly wish i could meet him… I <3 the decemberists…

  18. pd says:

    This boy is amazing! I am one year older than him but my little sister is so lucky she is only 2 months younger than him!!!!

  19. enzie23 says:

    If only all kids were like Max Records…

  20. Patrick Neil says:

    Some good local bands you named there Max. You ever listen to The Postal Service? It’s pretty laid back so some of my friends don’t really like them too much.

  21. maurecia says:

    omg max, your such a cutie!

  22. Morgan says:

    Hey Max, im just gonna say this, im not some child molester or slaker or anything, im just Morgan(12, vegitarian)Ya, so email? Got 1?

  23. Morgan says:

    im ment 2 say “stalker or anything” on my last coment, just sayin, lol

  24. Morgan says:

    Hey Max, my name is Morgan, n thats all i have 2 say, lol

  25. CrAzY aNgEl says:

    such a cool boy xD Girls love u. LuCkY BoY

  26. Audrey says:

    O.M.G. My friend is obsessed with U! She has your face on a pillow case! I hope U R O.K. with this Web site. I think you’re really talented.

  27. Gabriel says:

    I liked the site for you is great good, found it very creative and that’s it. I’m from Brazil and I’m using google’s translator but I did not have to tell it and I have only praise the site.

  28. IMAX says:

    Max ur so cute! Im half a year younger, but I thought I saw him in Florida when I waz on Vacay. I’ve always wanted to get into the acting business but its hard to do when all you can do are junior high plays, please gimme advice Max!

  29. Starlight says:

    Max is the ultimate actor. He’s very mature about things, and obiviously knows to kick butt in acting…he was fantastic in Where the Wild Things Are.
    P.S. I love the Shins too!!

  30. Lilly says:

    I love you max ur soooo talented! Youre pretty cute and im the same age born ont the same day wow!

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