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Win Win may be the most authentic high school wrestling movie ever made, even though it's more than just a sports movie. We recently had the chance to talk to the movie's writer/director Thomas McCarthy and two of its stars, Paul Giamatti and Alex Shaffer, at a roundtable event at SXSW in Austin, where they discussed the movie and, of course, wrestling.
Tom explained that he purposely looked for a wrestler for the lead role, rather than an actor, to capture a sense of authenticity.
Early on I decided I needed a wrestler for the role and not only because I used to wrestle but beyond that I'm sort of a sports nut. I can't stand when watching movies and I feel like the actor can't actually play that sport or play it well, especially if that actor is suppose to be very good...I knew with Alex's character of Kyle I needed that.