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WHEN JEREMY LELLIOT REPORTED TO the set of Jack to advise Robin Williams on how to act like a kid, Lelliot's mother worried about whom her then 12-year-old son would play with. "Of course, he played with Robin," says Alana Lelliot, a former dancer. "During lunch, Robin took him to a great comic-book store."
Lelliot, now 13, and Williams, 45, were old pals by the time shooting began on Jack, a poignant comedy about a 10-year-old boy (Williams), who, because of an unnamed disease, has the body of a man. The two had already spent three weeks together at Camp Coppola, which is what director Francis Ford Coppola dubbed his Napa Valley ranch when he had Williams, Lelliot and seven other boys in the cast hang out there, bunking together. "The idea was that, by Robin being totally with kids, when he actually made the movie it would be second nature to behave that way," says Coppola.
To give nature a boost, he hired Lelliot as a technical expert on pubescent boy behavior. The youngster had impressed the director as "being a real kid" when he auditioned for Jack (Coppola later cast him in a small role). "It was easy," says Lelliot, who has been acting since he was 6 and lives in Del Mar, Calif., with his mom and brother Stephen, 11 (his folks divorced in 1984). "I just had to memorize Robin's part and do it, and he would watch how I walked and talked." Says Williams: "In the bar scene, Jeremy immediately started to arrange the maraschino cherries on the cocktail napkin. It was a kid doing a kid thing. You can't help but be 10 when you are with him."
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