LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Chip, Sam and Max Hastings never imagined they'd be making their feature film debuts opposite Oscar winner Kevin Costner.
But it's not like they were upset when their talent agent told them about their two-day acting gig as Costner's kids in the locally shot film, "The Company Men."
The Londonderry brothers answered a casting call for three brothers between the ages of 11 and 14. They range in age from 11 to 15, which was close enough for Hollywood filmmakers.
"Good luck — anyone having (all three of) them that close together is crazy," said Cyndy Hastings, the boys' mother.
The Hastings brothers spent two days filming, and another in wardrobe, where they think they saw the back of Tommy Lee Jones' head.
For the record, the film's costume designer put the boys in T-shirts and jeans, casual clothes for their "rough and tumble" characters.
"It's what we look like anyway," said Sam, 13, a seventh-grader at Londonderry Middle School.
In one scene, they celebrate Thanksgiving with Costner and co-star Ben Affleck. In another, they play touch football with Costner.
"It was fun just being there — one of the best parts was hanging out with Kevin Costner," said Sam, adding that Costner continued the football game off camera.
On set, the brothers were treated like stars. They didn't rate two trailers like Costner, but they did have stand-ins.
"It's a union thing," said Max, 11, a fifth-grader at Matthew Thornton Elementary.
"It's like having a stunt double without having a stunt," said Chip, 15, who describes his stand-in as "some guy in his 40s."
Their role will probably be very brief in the film, if it makes it in at all.
"If you sneeze, you might miss them," Cyndy said.
The journey from New Hampshire into the film business started about two years ago for the Hastings brothers. Then, the family, which also includes dad Chris, was living in Windham. Chip had been doing community theater, mostly with Kids Coop in Londonderry.
"I just always kind of liked it," said Chip, a freshman at Londonderry High. "I thought it was fun to pretend to be someone else."
His mother, Cyndy, wanted to encourage his interest by seeing if there were any local professional opportunities available. She took Chip, with his two brothers in tow, to see a talent agent at the Boston Agency for Children.
The agent wanted to represent all three brothers, and they've gone on auditions and casting calls ever since.
While it all started with Chip's interest in acting, the youngest Hastings, Max, has gotten the most jobs so far. He's currently in consideration for a part in the Adam Sandler film, "Lake House," shooting in the Essex area.
All three brothers have commercials and corporate training films to their credit. They plan to take advantage of Massachusetts' recent boom in the feature film industry and get as many acting jobs as they can on their resumes.
Of course, they'll have to work all of this into their busy schedules. The three brothers play six sports among them, which can make scheduling a little difficult.
Cyndy hopes they continue to pursue acting — she thinks even the auditioning process is a good life lesson.
The boys are already local celebrities in town — they appeared on TV with Costner when a news crew showed up on set. They've even autographed a few things for friends. But in truth, they aren't looking for attention.
"Everyone's gotten used to it by now," Sam said.
Now they will happily watch to see if they made it into "The Company Men," scheduled to be released next year.
"As long as it's not rated R," Cyndy said. "Then we'll have to wait for the DVD."
Even if they don't make it to the silver screen, at least they can be content with the fact that they look enough like a movie star to play his children.
"I guess we kind of do," Chip said. "At first, I was like, 'Really?' And then I was like, 'Cool.'"