NEW YORK -- When Helen Hunt Met with Australian Actor Brenton Thwaites to Auditio

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NEW YORK -- When Helen Hunt Met with Australian Actor Brenton Thwaites to Auditio


Byline: Associated Press

NEW YORK -- When Helen Hunt met with Australian actor Brenton Thwaites to audition for the role of her son in "Ride" -- a movie she wrote and directed -- the actress liked him but didn't think he was right for the part.

"I wrote it as a love story between a mother and a son, so it was all about who was gonna be this boy and Brenton came in to audition," Hunt recalls. "I didn't know what to do because he's gorgeous and kind, clearly on his way to being a movie star, no doubt about it, and totally wrong for what I wrote."

But Thwaites wouldn't take no for an answer and asked if he could have another audition.

"That reminded me of me," said Hunt in a recent interview. "I got some of the best parts I've ever had by saying I'd like to come back in" -- like her role in 1997's "As Good as it Gets," which won her a best actress Oscar.

After a couple of auditions, Hunt said director James L. Brooks told her, "'I'm really close to thinking you're right for it,' and I remember telling him, 'You should be sure. I want you to be sure.' ... I wanted him to believe in me."

In "Ride," Hunt plays a single mom who is completely devoted to her college-aged son. …

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