Magazine article Screen International

Thomas McCarthy

Magazine article Screen International

Thomas McCarthy

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Thomas McCarthy tells Jeremy Kay about using wrestling to explore middle-class life in Win Win.

"It is the bastard sport between the marquee events like basketball, baseball and football." So says Thomas McCarthy of wrestling, an activity prevalent in US high schools that provided the inspiration for Win Win. "The true genesis was when my friend [and co-writer] Joe Tiboni began reminiscing one day. We were both on the team a painfully long time ago."

The first draft -- for the story of a cash-strapped lawyer, husband and high-school wrestling coach who gains timely insight into life when he recruits a brilliant youngster to the team -- was ready by February 2009. They shot in spring 2010 with Fox Searchlight backing the film, marking the first time a studio has been on board a McCarthy project from the outset -- the film-maker broke out with his directorial debut The Station Agent and followed that up with The Visitor. Win Win premiered at Sundance 2011 and went on to gross a little more than $10m in North America. …

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