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Inspiring Words: Fred Savage

The child actor and new dad tries his hand at directing a feature film.

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You might best remember Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold, the charmingly precocious pre-teen of the 1990s hit TV series The Wonder Years, or on the big screen as "Number Three" in Austin Powers in Goldmember. Most recently, Savage (also the father of a 1-year-old boy) directed his first feature film, Daddy Day Camp, the uproarious sequel to Daddy Day Care.

Drawing on his own experiences as a child actor, the 31-year-old director trusts the kids in his cast to help him make the family comedy ring true. "I really try to let them know that their input and thoughts are just as important as when Cuba Gooding, Jr. [the film's star] gives me his thoughts on a scene," says Savage. "Kids are incredibly smart and 'get' most things before we do."

Fatherhood has also influenced his work and drives him to create quality content for younger audiences. "I think about what I would want my own sons and daughters watching," says Savage. "As someone who works in children's entertainment, I'm putting it out there. It's incumbent on me as a filmmaker, a parent, and someone who cares about kids to make that content something that parents can feel comfortable showing to their kids."

We couldn't agree more. That's a wrap!

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