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‘Real Men’ in Ruffalo & Hawke recruited for Yari project

There are some pockets of Boston that I wouldn't want to visit – all the more reason to want to make a film about such hoods. Yari Film Group have themselves a project that visits with the school of hard knocks  – small role actor and now turned director Brian Goodman is about to put his own life on the big screen. Backed by at least one talented thesp, Goodman uneasy life might make for a penetrating autobiographical tale.

Variety reports that Mark Ruffalo along with Ethan Hawke and Amanda Peet are joining Real Men Cry. Hawke and Ruffalo will play childhood friends Paulie and Brian, respectively, who are forced to survive on the tough streets of South Boston through a life of petty thievery. They join a local gang of criminals, but Brian finds it hard to reconcile his work and friendship with Paulie and his relationship with his wife (Peet) and son.

Filming begins in Boston this November with Bob Yari and Marc Frydman producing along with Rod Lurie.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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