"From Director Jim Loach and based on the novel by Robert Lipsyte, MEASURE OF A MAN follows a bullied teen, who experiences a turning point summer in which he learns to stand up for himself. Starring Blake Cooper, Judy Greer, Donald Sutherland and Luke Wilson."
Author Robert Lipsyte, Screenwriter David Scearce, Director Jim Loach and lead actor Blake Cooper chatted with Selig Film News about the original book, the film and much more!
"During the summer of 1976, fourteen-year-old Bobby Marks (Blake Cooper), insecure and overweight, must endure another tortuous family vacation at Rumson Lake. His summer job, tending to the palatial estate of the reclusive, enigmatic and overly demanding Dr. Kahn (Donald Sutherland) is backbreaking. His parents (Judy Greer & Luke Wilson) appear on the verge of divorce; his sister Michelle (Liana Liberato) is forcing him to help conceal her clandestine rendezvous with the local pretty boy; and his best friend and kindred spirit Joanie (Danielle Rose Russell) is leaving for a month and won’t tell him why. On top of that, a crazy townie has focused his hatred of the rich “summer people” exclusively on Bobby. Over the course of this emotional rollercoaster of a summer, secrets are revealed, lessons are learned and Bobby comes to understand who he is and what makes up the true measure of a man."
Measure of a Man – Out In Theaters – Interviews with Selig Film News:
Author Robert Lipsyte shared stories about his sport writing, the inspiration for "One Fat Summer", his writing process and even entertained my question about his fondest Muhammad Ali moment!
Screenwriter David Scearce was kind enough to complete a questionnaire about his work on Measure of a Man.
Director Jim Loach crossed the pond to make this coming of aged story. Jim expanded on turning the script into film, the gathering of such a fine cast, and broke down a few sequences from the movie. He also talked about his beloved Arsenal soccer team, his talented team he works with and gave us a heads up to what's next for the director.
Talented young actor Blake Cooper carries Measure of a Man as the lead character Bobby Marks. Blake and I talked about working with an icon like Donald Sutherland, the bold nature of the role, his strong support team, and even insight into his approach.
The film is opening on May 11th in NY, LA and in 20 other major cities nationwide. It's being distributed by Great Point Media Limited.