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June 7, 2009

PLAYING COSTNER'S KIDS

Londonderry brothers land roles in Oscar-winning actor's new movie

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.

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