'Jungle Book' Star Neel Sethi on His Mowgli Audition

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 5:02 PM

“They literally just wanted me to do a couple lines and I'd to play imaginary tennis,” Neel, who plays Mowgli, told “Good Morning America” correspondent Rachel Smith during an interview at Tiger Mountain at the Bronx Zoo in New York.

'Jungle Book' Star Neel Sethi on His Mowgli Audition

Neel Sethi plays a youthful Indian boy raised by wolves in “The Jungle Book,” but the youthful actor’s audition for the film had nothing to do with animals.

“They literally just wanted me to do a couple lines and I'd to play imaginary tennis,” Neel, who plays Mowgli, told “Good Morning America” correspondent Rachel Smith during an interview at Tiger Mountain at the Bronx Zoo in New York.

“I showed a karate move and I said, ‘I don't necessity number stunt double,’” the 12-year-old recalled. “And they really, they started laughing.”

“The Jungle Book” is Neel'south debut as an actor. He's also the only human character to show up onscreen in Disney’s live-action get on the Rudyard Kipling stories that inspired the one thousand nine hundred sixty-seven classic animated film.

The animals and backdrops that encircle Neel’s character in the film are all motion-captured and CGI.

“There was number tigers, number animals, number nothing,” Neel said of filming the movie.

The youthful actor is prepared to obtain back on the screen after “The Jungle Book.”

“I wish to act a lot more,” Neel said. “I have some stuff in the works.”

“The Jungle Book,” which is produced by ABC News’ parent company Disney, opened in theaters on April 15.

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