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Delia says that director Jean-Marc Vallée had specific ideas about who he wanted to play the characters, and most of the casting process consisted of discussions with Vallée and then gathering reels and audition tapes from actors they felt were suited for the parts.
Though the film is based on a true story, considering the real people was not crucial. As Schnee puts it, “We’re not doing a documentary. We’re guided by Jean-Marc and his desires to match looks, and if I remember, we had pretty much free rein.”
Another important consideration in casting was the actors’ passion for the movie’s message. Vallée was partly attracted to Denis O’Hare for the film based on his work to raise awareness about AIDS.
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