By embracing the meta-ness, Gabriel LaBelle was able to outperform 2,000 other actors and land the role of a young Steven Spielberg.
While Sammy Fabelman comes quite close, Gabriel LaBelle's portrayal of a young Steven Spielberg in The Fabelmans falls short.
He relocates to Arizona with his family in the late 1950s, develops a passion for creating home movies,
witnesses the dissolution of his parents' marriage—all of these events actually happened to Spielberg
who also co-wrote the screenplay and directed the movie.
However, LaBelle's performance isn't quite a copy.
In part because the director advised him not to, he adopts Spielberg's tensed stance but refrains from trying to match
the present level of his voice or utilise run-on sentences.
He wears green contact lenses but has a rounder face.