Actor Jack Dylan Grazer is not 18 yet and already has an enviable Hollywood career. He has been a part of Stephen King’s It duology, DC’s Shazam franchise, and now Pixar’s Luca. He is easily one of the most popular and in-demand young actors in the world.
For many, all that fame and celebrity come with a price. The constant scrutiny, violation of personal space by fans and the press, not being free to express what you wish, and so on.
Luca, directed by Enrico Casarosa, is a tale of two young boys set in a scenic, sunny town called Portorosso on the Italian Riviera. The twist is that the boys are secretly sea monsters disguised as humans wanting to blend in. But even a smidgen of contact with water reveals their true form, and residents of the town both fear and loathe sea monsters, brandishing their metaphorical pitchforks at the mere mention.
Lovingly animated with stunning visuals, Luca has well-drawn characters and an interesting story that does not overstay its welcome.
Grazer’s character in the film, Alberto Scorfano, is among the two disguised sea monsters. In sharp contrast to the titular Luca, who is curious but hesitant about the human world above the surface owing to the warnings drilled into him by his parents, Alberto lives on the surface and has a veritable treasure trove of stolen everyday human objects that he finds fascinating.
“I think kind of impulsively and I don’t think things through enough sometimes. Which is also, you know, could be my downfall at times. We’re similar in that Silencio Bruno aspect, which is like ‘Don’t think about it too long or else you’re gonna regret it’. And that’s how I kind of am,” he adds with a laugh.