4 May 2010 7:02 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Paul Courtney got his first movie role by ditching class. A middle-school student from County Cork, Ireland, he was sitting at his desk when it was announced that a filmmaker visiting the school wanted to audition boys for a part in a movie. Figuring that an acting career had to be better than what he was currently enduring, he signed up."The next day, I was sent in, and they asked me if I could come back again in an hour," Courtney says. "I went back, and at the end of that they asked me to come back again the day after."Courtney—red hair, freckles, spectacles and all—was the first of three untrained actors cast as siblings in "My Brothers," which made its world premiere at the just-wrapped-up Tribeca Film Festival. Courtney plays Paudy, the second in age of three siblings with an ailing father, and a comic »

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