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'Win Win' is a winner

People who make sports movies have been, um, grappling with the matter for decades:

Is it easier to make an actor look like an athlete or the other way around? Most opt for the former, but Tom McCarthy, producer/director of the new film, “Win Win,’’ wisely went with Alex Shaffer, an actual New Jersey state champion, to portray the high school wrestler at the center of the story.

Shaffer’s only previous acting experience had been a small role in a middle school play. But he does a fine job as the initially detached teenager who wins over a suburban dad played by Paul Giamatti in the compelling indie dramedy. It premieres on Long Island April 1.

(The film is set in New Jersey but was filmed mostly on Long Island.)

The wrestling scenes came naturally, naturally. But McCarthy also used Rocky Point coach Anthony Ciolino to help with the verisimilitude. He even got a cameo as a ref.

John Anderson recently spoke to McCarthy, Giamatti and Ciolino about the film here, and watch the trailer below.


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