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Jorge Len­de­borg Jr is Memo

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How would you sum up Memo?

Memo is the nerdy, neu­rotic type of char­ac­ter. He’s 16, he has a bit of a crush on Hailee Ste­in­feld’s char­ac­ter, Char­lie – he’s vy­ing for her at­ten­tion and that kind of brings him into all the mishaps that hap­pen in the film.

How does he feel about the fact that Char­lie’s new car is also a ro­bot?

For one he’s a pretty big nerd, so his mind is al­ready very ac­cus­tomed to sci-fi. But when he sees him it is very shock­ing – imag­ine how you’d feel if you saw an alien that was tech­ni­cally a car but also a ro­bot from outer space!

One of your main co-stars was cre­ated in a com­puter af­ter you’d fin­ished shoot­ing. How did you find act­ing to thin air?

It’s fun. We had a guy on stilts, we had a big cut-out ver­sion of him and ob­vi­ously we had the stick and the ten­nis ball, so we had all those ver­sions to play with. So he was around. But I had fun. At the end of the day I’m an ac­tor and it’s all make-be­lieve, so to have noth­ing gives me even more free­dom.

You were born af­ter the ’80s. Were you given a pop cul­ture re­vi­sion list?

Not so much the movies, but our di­rec­tor travis def­i­nitely made a point of keep­ing ev­ery­thing hon­est to the ’80s – he made sure to tell us what things were very im­por­tant, just to try to keep that kind of au­then­tic­ity ap­par­ent through­out the whole film.

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