A relentless innovator of devilish schemes and a menacing ten-year-old on over-drive, Pugsley enjoys setting unsuccessful booby traps for his sister Wednesday and bemused father, Gomez.
Stranger Things and IT sensation Finn Wolfhard breathes life to Pugsley in Universal Pictures and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures’ new animated comedy The Addams Family.
While everyone in the movie is struggling to accept things that are foreign to them and playing with boundaries, Pugsley gets a more physically active storyline, one in which he has to take a break from his pyrotechnic hobby to learn the “Sabre Mazurka,” a rite of passage ceremony to prove he is indeed ready to become an Addams Family man.
Taking a break from — literally torturing his sister Wednesday — Pugsley can’t seem to grasp the frenzied routine, disappointing Gomez. Ultimately Gomez realizes that Pugsley has to march to the beat of his own demented drum.
“Finn is this super talented young actor who everybody knows from Stranger Things and IT,” says co-star Nick Kroll, who plays Uncle Fester. “He was perfect to be this kind of rascally kid.”
“I just kind of went for it. Pure commitment and tried to embody complete chaos,” says Finn Wolfhard on throwing himself into the role of Pugsley. “He loves destruction and pyro and scary things. I mean, the whole Addams Family does. But I think he just loves the chaos of it.”
Pugsley and Wednesday have the natural sibling rivalries—except with an Addams twist, of course. “It’s a loving competition of trying to murder each other,” says Wolfhard. “A complete exaggeration of what a real family is to the fullest degree. You know when people say, ‘Oh, they’re brother and sister, and sometimes they want to kill each other but other times they love each other.’ In the Addams Family world it’s true: they really want to kill each other but in the most loving way possible. Pugsley’s just falling flat on his face every time. And Wednesday’s the big sister and knows more and so I think that’s a really interesting dynamic.”
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