“I am knocking them off one by one,” laughs Cavanagh. “That's the reason I did this movie, any Williams who takes up acting, I plan to act with them.”
Other adult actors featured include James Rebhorn as Principal “Boiler Head” Burdock and Clint Howard makes a cameo appearance as the cantankerous short order cook, Uncle Ed.
“A WORLD BOYS OUGHT TO LIVE IN”
How to Eat Fried Worms began principal photography on July 25th, 2005 on location in Austin, Texas and continued throughout the summer heat until September brought the return to school for most of the cast.
Filmmakers chose to shoot the story in Austin due to the producers’ previous positive experiences in Central Texas and the community’s “anytown” quality. “Mark Johnson and Phil Steuer have made several movies in Austin so they have a familiarity with the Austin film community,” explains director Bob Dolman. “Environmentally, Austin fit the story and there are excellent movie crews here.”
How To Eat Fried Worms filmed in multiple locations in and around Austin including Zilker Elementary School, the Travis Heights neighborhood and Stacy Park, the Northwest Hills neighborhood, Austin Studios, the Blue Hole swimming hole in Wimberley and the Austin Diner. Other shooting locations included: the 1st Unitarian Church, which played Woody’s pre-school; the Onion Creek Country Club, where the parents ‘played’ tennis; and Highway 21 in Bastrop County, where we first learn about Billy’s queasy stomach.
In early July 2005, filmmakers held an open casting call at a local hotel for school-aged background extras and were overwhelmed with the response when over 2000 kids from Austin and as far away as Houston and San Antonio showed up. Organizers had been expecting around 200 and attributed the remarkable turnout to the popularity of the book.
Those young actors were used to populate the schoolyard, classrooms, hallways, library and cafeteria of Zilker Elementary. Filming in the school took place during the first two