Perhaps it was their child-like charm or their movie-star good looks; either way, producers of the new movie The Company Men recruited three Hastings brothers from Londonderry, NH to play the children of the Oscar award winner Kevin Costner, and the boys readily agreed.
According to the Eagle Tribune, Chip, Sam and Max Hastings, all ranging in ages from 11 to 15, were contacted by their talent agent about the roles, which called for children between the ages of 11 to 14. During their couple of days on set, two spent filming and one in wardrobe, the brothers shot two scenes: one where they celebrate Thanksgiving with Costner and Ben Affleck and another where they play touch football with their on-screen father.
Though this will be their largest role to date, the kids have already been featured in commercials as well as corporate films. The brothers’ interest in the film industry began with Chip’s, 15, involvement in community theatre, notably the Kids Coop in Londonderry. In order to encourage her sons’ interest, Cyndy Hastings took her children to the Boston Agency for Children, who currently represents them. Though it began with Chip’s interest in film, it is Max, 11, who has booked the most jobs. He is currently up for a part in Adam Sandler’s new film, Grown Ups, which has been shooting in Massachusetts.
With the development of the new east coast production company, Plymouth Rock Studios, they intend to expand their resume and continue to attend casting calls. Considering that they’ve already been filmed alongside an Oscar winning actor, who knows where we’ll see them next.