On May 2, Thomas and his Me And Earl And The Dying Girl costars attended the Street Food Cinema & Fox Searchlight Pictures Sneak Peek of the movie.
At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” won the two most prestigious honors, the audience and grand jury awards. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s tear-jerker (due June 12) about an awkward teenage boy and a girl dying of cancer left moviegoers mopping up tears and was praised as a “touchstone for its generation” by Peter Debruge in Variety. Yet it is very easy to imagine a more maudlin and less adept adaptation of Jesse Andrews’s novel, particularly one not anchored by Thomas Mann’s performance.
“I watch a lot of coming-of-age movies and read a lot of coming-of-age scripts,” Mr. Mann said. “We knew there was a movie in there that we didn’t want to make. We wanted to make something that was honest and personal and not just quirky or cute.”
Mr. Mann, a gangly 23-year-old from Dallas, started off in sixth grade, when his middle school production of “Sleeping Beauty” required a jester. Soon he had booked ads for Super Soaker water guns and made his way to Los Angeles, where he landed roles in the tween show “iCarly” and teen films like “Project X.” Some of those productions were not “the most artistic things anyone’s ever seen,” Mr. Mann said, but they opened doors.
“Then ‘Me and Earl’ came out of nowhere; it was the thing I had been waiting for,” he said. “The sense of humor and his outlook on life just sounded like myself.”
Mr. Mann plays Greg Gaines, a nerdy teenager whose charitable mother (Connie Britton) forces him to befriend the girl (Olivia Cooke) down the street who is dying. Mr. Mann wins her over with wit and his oddball personality.
“They don’t necessarily talk like real teenagers,” Mr. Mann said. “It’s a heightened, hyper-intelligent version of that, but you don’t have to oversell it. By stripping it down and presenting these lines as they are, the core of them is honest enough that I think we get away with it.”
Mr. Mann, who has booked a full slate of films, including this summer’s “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” said he was guided by his director, who saw the film’s humor as a reaction to grief and his character “as a vessel for Alfonso to process the loss of his father.” As funny as the film is, Mr. Mann’s performance is deeply emotional. It was also, he said, transformative.
“No role I’ve ever had has asked me to show as much of myself, and it opened me up emotionally,” Mr. Mann said. “I never used to cry at all. Now I watch a movie that’s not even sad, and I’ll be crying for no reason.”
Additional production stills from Me And Earl And The Dying Girl have been added to the gallery. Also, a couple of stills that have been in the gallery have been updated to HQ. Enjoy!
The wait is over! The official trailer for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has been released and it looks amazing! The movie is set to be released June 12, 2015!
Teenagers can actually see the teen action comedy Barely Lethal in theaters, now that it’s overturned its original R rating.
On Thursday, the Classification and Rating Appeals Board changed the R rating given to the movie for sexual material and teen drinking. EW can confirm that the film now has a PG-13 rating for sexual material, teen drinking, language, drug references and some action violence.
Barely Lethal, which stars Hailee Steinfeld, Samuel L. Jackson and Jessica Alba, follows a 16-year-old trained assassin’s attempt to run away from her job and live a normal life by attending high school. Naturally, she finds it very difficult to fit in.
In February, DirecTV and A24 Film acquired the U.S. rights to the film and though no official date has been set, they are said to have planned an April release to both DirecTV and in select theaters.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, the drama weepie that swept this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has a release date.
Fox Searchlight, which made its own drama acquiring the movie, will open the movie July 1 in a limited platform basis.
The drama stars Thomas Mann, who plays an awkward senior forced by his mother to spend time with a classmate he hasn’t talked to since kindergarten, a girl just diagnosed with cancer.Olivia Cooke stars as the girl.
The movie adapts the book by Jesse Andrews and is directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
After its premiere at Sundance, The Hollywood Reporter’s review of the movie called it “a smart-ass charmer, merciless tearjerker and sincere celebration of teenage creativity.”
The movie went on to win Sundance’s U.S. dramatic grand jury prize and the U.S. dramatic audience award.
Pictures of Thomas attending Vanity Fair And Fiat Toast To ‘Young Hollywood’ on Febuary 17th have been added to the gallery.