Director Tom McCarthy knows ‘Raslin.

18 03 2011

Director Thomas McCarthy‘s latest film,  Win Win, is a wonderful film that takes an entertaining and yet realistic look into the struggles of a middle-class family.  Tom took part of a round-table and was awesome enough to expand on some of the elements in his great film, easily one of the best so far in 2011.

Director Tom McCarthy on the set of WIN WIN Credits: Kimberly Wright TM and © 2010 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

The veteran actor has taken his immense talents and own personal life into making three quality films.  All three films have some element in them that harps back to Tom’s own life.   The Station Agent took place not to far from where Tom grew up,  The Visitor is based in the heart of NYC where Tom has lived for over 2 decades, and now he jumped back into his days of Wrestling.  That’s right Wrestling or for us southern folks, ‘Raslin.

Director Tom McCarthy and Paul Giamatti on the set of WIN WIN Photo Credit: Kimberly Wright TM and © 2010 Twentieth Century Fox.

The film Win Win tells the story of a lawyer/high school wrestling coach, Mike Flaherty (played by Paul Giamatti),  who has to make a choice that drastically effects his family and friends.  I’d like to share with you some of the behind-the-scenes information from the Director himself.  Tom opened up by talking about his very own wrestling background.

From left: Paul Giamatti and Alex Shaffer in WIN WIN Photo Credit: Kimberly Wright TM and © 2010 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

Tom talks about how the script process works for him.

Tom explains how his co-writer Joe Tiboni is the inspiration for Mike Flaherty.

I asked Tom about his long time friend and fellow actor, Bobby Cannavale, who plays the hilarious Terry Delfino.

He also talks about his tremendous crew that many of which have worked with him since The Station Agent and many have known Tom for even longer.

Tom talks about the brilliant Jeffrey Tambor, who plays Stephen Vigman.

From left: Clare Foley II, and Amy Ryan in WIN WIN Photo Credit: Kimberly Wright TM and © 2010 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corpo.

The film opens with a wonderfully cute and funny exchange where the daughter (Abby) played by Clare Foley, says the word shit and Tom explains where that scene comes from.

Paul Giamatti, Clare Foley II, and Amy Ryan in WIN WIN Photo Credit: Kimberly Wright TM and © 2010 Twentieth Century Fox.

The film is out today so go see why Tom McCarthy is becoming one of our most beloved filmmakers.  He has the ability to show real stories with entertaining and enlightening plots.  Easily one of the best films so far this year.

Here is the main website for the film.

Also “like” the film on Facebook.

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29 12 2011
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[…] Simply my favorite Writer/Director over the last decade has been Tom McCarthy. […]

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