Gwyneth Paltrow plays a little role in the upcoming movie "Running with Scissors" (directed by the master himself, Clint Eastwood) about real-life writer Augusten Burroughs (played by newcomer Joseph Cross) who was dumped by his nutty mother (Annette Bening) to live with her even nuttier shrink Dr. Finch and his crazy family.
However, 19-year-old Joseph Cross felt honoured to participate in the movie and to hang out with Gwyneth Paltrow on the set.
He claims that Gwyneth hung out with him in her trailer and during night shoots, playing tracks from Coldplay album X&Y, which wasn't even released at that time.
NEW YORK — Playing hooky certainly paid off for Joseph Cross. Then a freshman at Connecticut's Trinity College, Cross skipped an economics test to take the train into Manhattan and audition for the lead in Running With Scissors.
"I told my agent 'I can't go in because my econ teacher is going to fail me,' " says Cross, who'd been dabbling in acting for years. "I came in, met with (director) Ryan (Murphy). And I didn't fail econ, luckily."
Even more fortunately, he earned his film breakthrough in Scissors, playing real-life writer Augusten Burroughs, who was dumped by his nutty mother (Annette Bening) to live with her even nuttier shrink Dr. Finch and his crazy family. And in a one-two punch, he's a soldier in Clint Eastwood's World War II drama Flags of Our Fathers. For the Oscar-winning director, Eastwood says Cross "typifies the guys of that age, of that era. He was 18 years old, and I think he turned 19 on the picture. He was just a terrific actor and has a great future ahead of him."
Scissors director Murphy couldn't agree more. He met with some of Tinseltown's top young actors before chancing upon Cross, who has a lengthy list of TV guest roles but of whom Murphy had never heard. "He was the only kid in the whole process who made me cry. He's very empathetic and emotional and reactive. I offered him the part there and then," says Murphy. "There's something about Joe as a person that you care about him and want him to do well."
Cross, the oldest of five, was raised in Westchester and hails from a tight-knit family. His parents have been married for 28 years. So getting into Burroughs' head took work. "I'd just gotten to college, and I'd just broken up with the girl I dated for two years in high school," he says. "Everything was sort of a mess. It was a really lonely, isolating feeling to go from being in a house to a cement shoe box. I felt a loneliness amid chaos, which is what the Finch house was like."
Because Scissors was Cross' first major film project, "we all adopted Joe," says Murphy. "He's really likable and kind of wicked. He's very sweet and very swoony over girls."
Actually, just one girl in particular. Cross' girlfriend attends Trinity, and although he's on hiatus right now and has three years of school left, he says he plans on finishing college. "It'll be a process," he admits.
To be closer to her and his college friends, he bought an apartment on the Upper East Side and has made Manhattan his home base. He plans to take some time off work, and perhaps take a few classes, instead of rushing into the next movie — "unless it's a project that's really astounding to me."
What's even more astounding is all the attention being lavished on him. On the Scissors set, Bening, a mom of four, made sure he was eating enough, while co-star Gwyneth Paltrow hung out with him in her trailer and during night shoots, playing tracks from husband Chris Martin's Coldplay album X&Y, which had yet to be released. "She'd always come up to me and ask me how I was doing," he says. "There was a moment where I stepped back and thought, 'Things have a changed a bit from the cement blocks of the dorm room.' "
Source: http://www.usatoday.com [thanks Flying Sparks]
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