Omri Katz, the teen who came to be known as Max, in Hocus Pocus looks like he's enjoying life after retiring from acting.
Remember Max Dennison from the 1993 movie Hocus Pocus, the teenager who moves to Salem from Los Angeles with his family? Struggling to settle into his new surroundings, the boy inadvertently manages to awaken the evil Sanderson sisters who were asleep for over three centuries. Believe it or not, it's been nearly 28 years since we first saw the youngster's exploits in the sinister world of Salem. Now despite the time, the three witches a la Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, and Bette Midler have all managed a successful Hollywood career, but have you ever wondered what Max is up to right now?
Omri Katz aka Max Dennison, now aged 44, appeared in the sci-fi series Eerie prior to playing Max, and ever since, he's only been in a few projects including a TV movie named Dallas: J.R. Returns and in a single episode of General Hospital. His only other credit is for a 2002 short film called Journey Into Night. Although Katz has seemingly "retired" from the profession, he seems to be living a great life as evidenced by his Instagram which has over 3k followers. According to his IMDB bio, Katz took to retirement because he wanted to focus on a career in hairdressing. Meanwhile, Vinessa Shaw, who played Allison, appeared in several popular movies and series including the 2002 horror flick The Hills Have Eyes, Eyes Wide Shut, and more recently in Liev Schrieber starrer Ray Donovan. Thora Birch, who played Dani, has appeared in American Beauty and the super-famous zombie-apocalypse series The Walking Dead.
While on the subject of Max, here's an interesting Hocus Pocus trivia that never happened. According to an Entertainment Weekly report, the beloved character could have been played by none other than Leonardo DiCaprio. Speaking of the possibility, Kenny Ortega, the film's director told the outlet that DiCaprio had indeed auditioned for the role but had to pass it on because he was busy working on other projects. "The [casting] ladies called me up and they said, ‘We’re sending you an actor today but he’s not available but you’re going to fall in love with him but you can’t have him,’" Ortega said "I’m like, ‘Why are you teasing me?’ They were like, ‘You need to see this guy because he’ll inspire you and if nothing else, he’ll help you find the right guy to play Max.'"
Max from Hocus Pocus turned into a total daddy, by the way pic.twitter.com/Jp9f9giZwM— GERA (@twitgera) October 29, 2019
Ortega was blown away by what DiCaprio had to offer at such a tender age not just with the way he approached acting, but also with the way he conducted himself. "He’s just the most sincere and most centered and a wild child at the same time/ He was feeling awkward. He was like, ‘I just feel really bad being here because I’m up for two other movies and I really want them both and I don’t want to lead you on.’"
Nevertheless, the director said seeing young DiCaprio in action helped him understand what he needed from the kid who'd eventually play Max. "Meeting him awakened me to the kind of spirit and fun and sincerity that I was looking for in an actor," he said. "When Omri Katz came around, I fell in love again and he was our Max."