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Bryce Dallas Howard on ‘Pete’s Dragon’ and growing up with dad Ron Howard

Shooting “Pete’s Dragon” brought back many fond memories for Bryce Dallas Howard.

Playing the forest-ranger daughter of Robert Redford’s character, who tells tall tales about a mythical dragon, brought to mind fantastical stories she heard from her own dad — famed director Ron Howard.

“I’m one of four kids and he would drive us to school every morning and use us as a test audience and test out the story of his films on us,” Howard said in a recent interview.

“I remember him telling me the story of ‘Willow’ on one of these car rides, I remember the story to ‘Far and Away’ being told to me on one of these rides, and he would test out a lot of ‘The Grinch.’

“I think it was a powerful exercise for him, to tell his story out loud and get a sense of where the audience would react based on how his very, very honest, blunt children would react.”

Howard said she was “obsessed” as a kid with Disney’s original “Pete’s Dragon” from 1977.

“We had a VHS copy of the film that we just basically ran into the ground,” said Howard, whose other credits include “The Help” and “Jurassic World.”

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