Oscar-nominated Director Tom McCarthy Looking to Give WIN WIN to a “Real Kid”

     February 8, 2010


Tom McCarthy, best known for the brilliant Oscar-nominated character study The Visitor, is scouting for the lead role in his next film, Win Win, according to MyCentralJersey, and the movie is expected to be a “light-hearted comedy” about high school wrestling. Win Win, loosely based around McCarthy’s high school friend and fellow wrestler Joe Tiboni, is given this description in the piece:

“A film about how a rough-and-tumble runaway changes the lives of a suburban New Jersey family and turns around the luck of a high school wrestling team.”

McCarthy, joined by Tiboni and actor and friend Paul Giamatti, was in a New Jersey high school gym, looking for the lead role of Kyle, a flawed character who is kind but has a vicious temper stemming from his rough home. “I’m looking for a real kid,” McCarthy told the website, noting that “wrestling experience is a plus.”

For more on the film, including McCarthy’s ideal attributes for Kyle, the reasoning behind finding a “real kid,” and why The Playlist thinks Giamatti might star, hit the jump.

paul_giamatti_01.JPGThe article describes the keys to landing the role of Kyle:

“Any New Jersey boy between ages 14 and 17 who is under 5-foot-7-inches and weighing less than 135 pounds is invited to attend an open casting call for the part Monday at Barden/Schnee Casting in New York. No acting experience is necessary.”

Unfortunately, the article was published on Jan. 17, 2010, so it is likely the role has been filled, but if you meet those requirements, you might want to drop the publication a line and see if McCarthy is still scouting. Win Win has a planned seven week shoot in the New Jersey area in early March.

Meanwhile, this is a change of pace from the typical assortment of veteran actors in McCarthy’s films, and he cites his positive experience casting “real people” for the upcoming HBO series The Game of Thrones.  He notes they are after a “certain quality someone from New Jersey has” for the role.

Finally, The Playlist is speculating that Paul Giamatti will be more than just a spectator, and will actually land a key spot in the film, possibly playing the coach. It would be unsurprising if this prediction turned out to be true, as it would give an inexperienced actor a veteran to work off of and get advice from.

For more on the background of McCarthy’s wrestling past and the film, read the MyCentralJersey piece by Megan Van Dyk and thanks to The Playlist for uncovering this.


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