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17 Sep 2023, 9:52 am

Tony Goldwyn eyes fathers and sons in autism drama ‘Ezra’

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In 1981, a 21-year-old Tony Goldwyn met a 23-year-old Tony Spiridakis at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, where the aspiring actors developed a fast friendship that has seen them take on the role of best man at each other’s weddings and godfather to each other’s children. Forty-two years later, Goldwyn and Spiridakis have reunited professionally with a big-hearted, multigenerational family drama that made its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Directed by Goldwyn and written by Spiridakis, “Ezra” follows Max Bernal (Bobby Cannavale), a late-night comedy writer turned stand-up comic who decides to take his 11-year-old autistic son, Ezra (William A. Fitzgerald), who has been ordered to attend a special school, on a cross-country road trip without the permission of his ex-wife, Jenna (Rose Byrne), or his own father, Stan (Robert de Niro). It’s a deeply personal story for Spiridakis, who went on a similar journey of acceptance with his young autistic son, Dimitri, over a dozen year

From the outset, Goldwyn, Spiridakis and their creative team were adamant about casting an actor with autism in the title role and hiring cast and crew members who had a personal experience with neurodivergence. They spoke with other parents who had children with autism, including producer William Horberg and “Parenthood” creator Jason Katims, and enlisted the help of Alex Plank (the founder of WrongPlanet.net) and acting coach Elaine Hall (creator of a Los Angeles theater group called the Miracle Project).


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17 Sep 2023, 2:21 pm

I didn't know EzraS was getting a biopic. 8O


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18 Sep 2023, 12:36 pm

Is the actor playing Ezra Autistic?


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18 Sep 2023, 4:38 pm

Zakatar wrote:
Is the actor playing Ezra Autistic?

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From the outset, Goldwyn, Spiridakis and their creative team were adamant about casting an actor with autism in the title role


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22 Sep 2023, 2:10 am

Correction.

Alex is more than a consultant he is the associate producer.


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05 Jun 2024, 6:39 am

Trailer. Alex has a bit part in the movie as seen in the trailer.






I did see the movie yesterday. For now I will say this is a must see for anybody interested topics discussed in this section.


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05 Jun 2024, 6:53 am

^ Alex Plank's new moustache. :D



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05 Jun 2024, 1:33 pm

blitzkrieg wrote:
^ Alex Plank's new moustache. :D

Only the best people have mustaches as evidenced by how few politicians are sporting them.



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05 Jun 2024, 1:47 pm

MatchboxVagabond wrote:
blitzkrieg wrote:
^ Alex Plank's new moustache. :D

Only the best people have mustaches as evidenced by how few politicians are sporting them.


Facial hair on presidents and presidential hopefuls was the norm in the 19th Century.

Teddy Roosevelt had a mustache, but not his distant younger cousin Franklin Roosevelt.

FDR's veep was Truman who, just after WWII, beat the GOP challenger Thomas Dewey who was famous for "looking like the groom on a wedding cake" because of his mustache. Dewey was the last guy to even RUN for POTUS who had facial hair. Every male candidate since, the greats to the deplorable and everything in between, were clean shaven. :)



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05 Jun 2024, 1:49 pm

Why are none of these interviewers asking him the really important question? "What's going on with the SQL errors on your website, Alex?"

Movie looks good though.


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08 Jun 2024, 12:41 pm

NPR interview: https://www.npr.org/2024/06/04/nx-s1-49 ... -character


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11 Jun 2024, 3:40 pm

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Good work, and congratulations.



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13 Jun 2024, 12:34 am

Well done. I can't wait to see the movie.


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13 Jun 2024, 12:47 am

Thank you Aspiepartofme and extra special Thank you to Alex for him work in the Industry...... :nerdy: :D


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21 Jun 2024, 2:26 pm

Jakki wrote:
Thank you Aspiepartofme and extra special Thank you to Alex for him work in the Industry...... :nerdy: :D

you're welcome


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