I remember that in the scene where he talks about how the teacher had stolen the milk money, he had to cry. It was not as good as I knew he could do, and I said to him, “River, think about somebody in your life who you looked up to and who disappointed you. You don’t have to tell me who it is, just think about it.” And the next scene he did was the take that’s in the film, where he cries like that. All his emotions came out. After we did that take, he was really shaken. He was crying, and I came up to him and I held him. He didn’t have a lot of technique—you just saw this kind of raw naturalism. You just turned the camera on, and he would tell the truth.
Coming home from party