Hutch Dano, best known as the first half of “Zeke & Luther” on Disney XD, says he got a real kick out of playing a not-so-nice guy for a change in his “Den Brother” Disney Channel Original Movie, coming up Aug. 13. In it, he’s a self-absorbed high school hockey player who winds up posing as the den mother – complete in old lady gear — of his little sister’s Bumble Bee troupe. He then takes advantage of the situation and uses the little girls as his personal servants. “I read the script and thought, ‘This guy is the worst big brother ever,’” notes Hutch, who has a little sister himself.
He is much nicer in real life, of course, and also as Henry Huggins – the children’s literature character he plays in “Ramona and Beezus,” opening today (7/23). Dano admits he didn’t know Huggins until prepping for the part.
“I was trying to figure him out, to get as many layers as possible. Not so much that he’s complex, but I had to find that gentle balance of his fun side and his shy side, and his wanting to be with Beezus,” he says, referring to Selena Gomez’ character in the 20th Century Fox adaptation of the beloved Beverly Cleary book.
“One of the best things about working with Selena is, she’s a very giving actor,” he observes. “She’ll help other actors with scenes. I’ve seen her ask, ‘Would you like me to read this a different way?’ It’s really nice.”
With Season 2 of “Zeke & Luther” airing, Dano is awaiting word on Season 3. “I’ve heard a lot of rumors that it’s happening,” he says of the series, which has performed well with the male kid and tween audience at which it’s aimed. “But I try not to get too excited about anything until it’s confirmed. I love doing the show.”