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Young Actors Bring Fresh Approach to Roles

January 09, 2012

Oscar-winning thesps Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks find themselves in unfamiliar territory in the Sept. 11 drama "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," playing supporting roles to a young newcomer, Thomas Horn.

"He's amazing and genuinely a phenomenon," says director Stephen Daldry of Horn, who was cast after winning an episode of the gameshow "Jeopardy!"

Horn is one of several young actors who turned in acclaimed performances in some of last year's most talked-about releases. Others include Asa Butterfield and Chloe Grace Moretz ("Hugo"), Jeremy Irvine ("War Horse"), Elle Fanning and Joel Courtney ("Super 8"), Jose Julian ("A Better Life"), Amara Miller ("The Descendants"), Alex Shaffer ("Win Win"), Kerris Dorsey ("Moneyball"), Hunter McCracken ("The Tree of Life") and Ezra Miller ("We Need to Talk About Kevin").

Given Horn's lack of experience on a movie set, Daldry figured the best strategy was to ease him into the production. After all, Horn's role as Oskar Schell is a demanding one that has him in practically every scene and requires him to summon a range of extraordinary emotions, as his character copes with the loss of his father in the collapse of the World Trade Center. Read More



 
 
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