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2 items from 2011

Interview: 'Win Win' director Tom McCarthy

1 November 2011 10:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As I've frequently mentioned, because of my job and because I have young kids, I don't go to the movies very much anymore. But one of the directors whose films I've learned to make an effort to get out of the house to see is Tom McCarthy, the man responsible for "The Station Agent," "The Visitor" and, most recently, "Win Win." (In terms of this blog's area of interest, McCarthy also played the fabulist reporter Scott Templeton in the final season of "The Wire" and directed the original version of the "Game of Thrones" pilot, some scenes of which were incorporated »

- Alan Sepinwall

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The 'man strength' behind Win Win's Thomas McCarthy

20 May 2011 9:18 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Wire actor has just directed his third film, Win Win, which confirms him as a master of male characters filled with pathos, humour and quiet heroism. But what about the man himself?

Thomas McCarthy's friends would, I am sure, describe him as "a guy's guy". He's a little late for our interview, and from inside the cafe I watch him bid his lunch partner goodbye outside on the street, all back-slaps and man-hugs. The expensive-looking watch might hint at Hollywood, but everything else about McCarthy – the jeans and blazer, the businesslike handshake, the frank stare and bluff manner – says straight-talking, regular-Joe from New Jersey. Which, in a way he is he is. But McCarthy is also in possession of a CV that is anything but regular.

"It sometimes surprises me how much people separate the three," he shrugs affably, of his triple career as actor, writer and director, »

- Hermione Hoby

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