Seth, Zack is a complex character himself. At first, you kind of want to hate this guy, but then you see how he really needs someone like Luke. Was that a tricky thing to pull off, to make this guy seem like a prick but still likable at the same time?
Seth Green: That’s usually my favorite kind of character to play, somebody you wouldn’t assume you’d have anything in common with. You get to demonstrate all the ways they are human and relatable. Zack is in a different place because he was educated completely different, about himself and his condition, whereas Luke was taught that he’s special and that different from everyone, and he’s not forced to make a contextual comparison about his whole place in that world. It’s Luke’s perspective that ultimately changes him. That was a fun thing to do.
In the film, Luke’s family is surprised that he actually wants a job and wants to live on his own. Did you find that kind of mentality when you were talking to these autistic people?
Lou Taylor Pucci: I think there’s a phase where kids, no matter if they have autism or not, want to be treated as an adult. They just want that next phase. They see other people with responsibilities, they trust them, and they’re a man, and that’s what Luke wants to be. I did kind of see that a little bit, at a certain age. That’s what Alonso was trying to get at in this movie. He was fascinated by kids with autism that he grew up around, because his mother ran an institution in Peru. He grew up around hundreds of kids who had autism all over the spectrum, and he was fascinated by people going through that phase of time, when they’re like 22 to 25, but honestly it could be any age because they develop at a different rate. That phase happens in a lot of people, and he wanted to capture that on film.