This is such a huge acting opportunity for Benny, what seems to be a great role too. Still love that he was not only codirecting and acting in Good Time but was manning the boom mic whenever he could, even in his bandages wardrobe. Man loves making movies.
In relation to one of the set photos, apparently the kid in the truck with Alana Haim is Philip Seymour Hoffman's son.
How great would it be if he were actually playing the lead role? Considering how close PTA and PSH were, it doesn't seem implausible and it would be a touching way to honor his legacy. Then again, I'm not sure if he fits the description of the initial casting call.
I read rumors that Alana Haim is playing at least some fictitious version of Barbra Streisand as well. And Benny Safdie! And PSH's son! This movie will be nothing like we imagine, I'm sure. Can we really trust the initial teas on this being centered on a child actor? With rumors of politicians and older film directors, this could be an ensemble, multi-plot movie.
Penn was bandied about in the Eric Roberts role in Inherent Vice, so it's been somewhat expected he'd collaborate with PTA.
I think it's hilarious that this movie is being filled with an ensemble of actors I usually don't care for. I expect Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Eddie Redmayne and James Franco to be announced any day now.