"We Are Marshall" Movie Cast
(Photo; left) Jack Lengyel (MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY) and Red Dawson (MATTHEW FOX) confer during a practice in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ inspirational drama, “We Are Marshall,” distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Photo by Frank Masi
MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY (Jack Lengyel) earned a People’s Choice Award in 2005 for his starring role in the hit film “Sahara,” co-starring Penelope Cruz and Steve Zahn. “Sahara,” which opened at the top of the weekend box office, also marked the first major motion picture produced by his production company, j.k. livin productions. McConaughey followed with a starring role opposite Al Pacino in the drama “Two for the Money,” before closing the year as People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.”
Among his film credits are the popular romantic comedies “Failure to Launch,” with Sarah Jessica Parker, and “How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days,” opposite Kate Hudson; the ensemble “Thirteen Conversations About One Thing”; the horror thriller “Frailty,” written and directed by Bill Paxton; the sci-fi adventure “Reign of Fire”; and Adam Shankman’s hit romantic comedy “The Wedding Planner,” with Jennifer Lopez.
McConaughey also starred in Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad,” Robert Zemeckis’ “Contact,” Ron Howard’s “EDtv,” Richard Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused” and Joel Schumacher’s critically acclaimed courtroom drama “A Time to Kill,” as well as “Angels in the Outfield,” “Lone Star,” “Glory Days” and “U-571.”
He is currently in production with co-star Kate Hudson on the romantic adventure “Fool’s Gold,” directed by Andy Tennant and scheduled for a 2008 release.
McConaughey’s production company is currently in development on numerous projects with Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. j.k. livin also executive produced the feature documentary “Hands on A Hard Body.”
MATTHEW FOX (Red Dawson) currently stars as the conflicted, heroic doctor, Jack Shepherd, on the hit ABC series “Lost.” For his work on the Emmy-winning Best Drama, Fox shared the 2005 Screen Actors Guild Ensemble Award and was nominated for Golden Globe and Television Critics Association Awards for achievement in dramatic acting.
Previously, Fox starred in Golden Globe Award-winning series “Party of Five.”
In 1999, he won attention for his touching turn opposite Donald Sutherland in the made-for-television drama “Behind the Mask,” then returned to episodic work as a private investigator whose near-death experience bridges a gap to the spirit world in “Haunted.”
Fox will next star in the political thriller “Vantage Point,” opposite Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker and William Hurt, set for a 2007 release.
IAN McSHANE (Paul Griffen) won the 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama and earned Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for his performance as the charismatic Al Swearengen in the second season of HBO’s hit series “Deadwood.” For his work during the series’ 2004 debut season, McShane received the Television Critics Association Award, with a second nomination for the 2005 season, and was named one of GQ Magazine’s “Men of the Year.”
McShane has starred in over 25 films over a long and distinguished career, including “The Battle of Britain,” “The Last of Sheila,” “Villain,” co-starring Richard Burton, “Exposed,” and “Agent Cody Banks.” In Jonathan Glazer’s acclaimed “Sexy Beast,” he gave a riveting performance as the sinister gangster Teddy Bass, opposite Sir Ben Kingsley and Ray Winstone.
Recently, he joined the ensemble cast of writer-director Rodrigo Garcia’s drama “Nine Lives” and co-starred in the Woody Allen film, “Scoop.” He will next lend his vocal talents to the upcoming animated feature “Shrek The Third,” as Captain Hook, the animated fantasy “Coraline,” and the animated comedy “Kung Fu Panda,” with an all-star voice cast including Jackie Chan. Among his upcoming screen appearances are the action comedy “Hot Rod,” and the thriller “Case 39,” opposite Renée Zellweger, both scheduled for a 2007 release.
McShane has also enjoyed a long career in both British and American television, including a role in David Wolper’s seminal 1970s miniseries “Roots.” Last season, he was seen on both BBC and BBC America’s comedy series “Trust.” A starring turn in “Whose Life Is It Anyway?,” for Granada TV, the role of Heathcliff in “Wuthering Heights” for the BBC, and Harold Pinter’s Emmy-winning “The Caretaker” are among his other television highlights. He has also portrayed Judas in NBC’s “Jesus of Nazareth,” directed by Franco Zeffirelli; Prince Rainer in the network’s “The Grace Kelly Story”; and the title role in Masterpiece Theatre’s “Disraeli.” His additional miniseries credits include “Charlie the Kid,” “A.D.,” “The Great Escape II,” “Marco Polo,” “Evergreen” and Dan Curtis’ “War and Remembrance.”
In the late 1980s, he formed McShane Productions, which produced the much-adored “Lovejoy” for the BBC and A&E, a project that gave him a vehicle in which to star as well as produce and direct. He followed by producing and starring in the lead role of Madson in the comedy drama “Soul Survivors,” for BBC and Showtime.
In 2000, McShane returned to London’s West End for his musical stage debut in Cameron Mackintosh’s successful production of “The Witches of Eastwick,” as Darryl Van Horne. His stage career has included roles as Hal in the original cast of “Loot,” the title role of “The Admirable Crichton” at the Chichester Festival, Tom in Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” and Charlie in “The Big Knife.” He co-starred with Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen in “Promise,” which successfully played London before moving to Broadway. In Los Angeles, he starred in three productions at The Matrix Theatre, including the world premiere of Larry Atlas’ “Yield of the Long Bond” and two others for which he received the Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award: “Inadmissible Evidence” and “Betrayal.”
ANTHONY MACKIE (Nate Ruffin) had five features on movie screens in 2006. In addition to “We Are Marshall,” he starred in “Half Nelson,” with Ryan Gosling adapted from director Ryan Fleck’s Sundance-winning short “Gowanus Brooklyn”; in Preston Whitmore’s “Crossover”; in Frank E. Flowers ensemble crime drama “Haven,” opposite Orlando Bloom and Bill Paxton; and in the film adaptation of Richard Price’s “Freedomland,” starring Samuel L. Jackson.
He will next play Olympic track-and-field legend Jesse Owens in a biopic to shoot next summer.
Classically trained at the Juilliard School of Drama, Mackie made an auspicious film debut as Eminem’s nemesis, Papa Doc, in Curtis Hanson’s “8 Mile.” His performance caught the attention of Spike Lee, who subsequently cast Mackie in the recent Toronto Film Festival Masters Program selection “Sucker Free City” and “She Hate Me.” He also appeared in Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award-winning “Million Dollar Baby,” opposite Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman and Eastwood, as well as in Jonathan Demme’s “The Manchurian Candidate,” alongside Denzel Washington and Liev Schreiber, and the comedy “The Man,” starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Mackie earned IFP Spirit and Gotham Award nominations for his performance in Rodney Evans’ “Brother to Brother,” which won the 2004 Special Dramatic Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards. In 2005, he appeared opposite David Strathairn, Timothy Hutton and Leelee Sobieski in “Heavens Fall,” based on the historic Scottsboro Boys’ trials, an independent feature that premiered at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival in Austin.
KATE MARA (Annie Cantrell) is currently filming “Shooter,” opposite Mark Wahlberg, scheduled for a 2007 release.
Most recently, she appeared as Heath Ledger’s daughter in Ang Lee’s Academy Award-winning drama “Brokeback Mountain,” and co-starred in a five-episode arc on the Fox Television Emmy Award-winning series “24.”
Mara began acting at the age of 14. She first appeared in Sydney Pollack’s romantic drama “Random Hearts.” She then co-starred in Gary Winick’s coming-of-age film “Tadpole,” which earned 2002 Sundance Film Festival honors for both director and film, and co-starred in the independent feature “The Californians.”
Also an accomplished singer, Mara made her professional debut at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in “Landscape of the Body,” with Lili Taylor.
JANUARY JONES (Carole Dawson) most recently earned acclaim for her co-starring role opposite Tommy Lee Jones in Jones’ feature directorial debut, “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” which screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
She will next be seen in the independent film “Swedish Auto,” with Lukas Haas.
Jones made her screen debut as Gary Sinise’s love interest in “It’s the Rage.” Since then, she has played supporting roles in Barry Levinson’s comedy “Bandits,” Steven Soderbergh’s “Full Frontal,” and the Jack Nicholson/Adam Sandler comedy, “Anger Management.” She also had a small role in Richard Curtis’ comedy “Love, Actually.”
Jones was selected from thousands of aspiring talents to be cast as Cadence Flaherty, the sister of the not-so-blushing bride in “American Wedding,” the third installment in the “American Pie” series. Following that, she appeared in “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.”
For television, Jones recently completed a recurring role in the debut season of Showtime’s acclaimed series “Huff” and, in 2007, will be seen on AMC in its first original drama series, “Mad Men,” written and executive produced by Matt Weiner, a writer on “The Sopranos.”
BRIAN GERAGHTY (Tom Bogdan) most recently starred in Emilio Estevez’s biopic “Bobby,” which centers on the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. Geraghty, whose performance in the film was selected by The New York Times as scene-stealing and a breakthrough, was part of the film’s ensemble cast, which included Anthony Hopkins, Sharon Stone, Demi Moore, Lindsay Lohan and Elijah Wood.
Earlier this year he appeared in director Andy Davis’ “The Guardian,” opposite Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher; in “Conversations with Other Women,” with Aaron Eckhart and Helena Bonham Carter; and in Terry Zwigoff’s “Art School Confidential,” starring John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent and Anjelica Huston.
Among his feature credits are the Sam Mendes adaptation of “Jarhead,” in which he starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx and Peter Sarsgaard; the horror remake of “When a Stranger Calls”; “Stateside,” with Val Kilmer; “The Optimist,” with Leelee Sobieski; and “Cruel World,” opposite Edward Furlong.
Prior to launching his screen career, Geraghty had guest-starring roles on several top television series, including HBO’s award-winning “The Sopranos,” NBC’s Emmy-winning “Law & Order” and the critically acclaimed, offbeat comedy series “Ed.”
He began his professional career on stage with credits that include roles in productions of “Berlin,” “Midnight Moonlight,” “Snipers” and “Romeo and Juliet.”
Geraghty is an active supporter of the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit environmental organization working to preserve our oceans, waves and beaches.
DAVID STRATHAIRN (President Dedmon) most recently won the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival and earned nominations from the Academy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and Independent Spirit Awards for his compelling portrait of legendary CBS news broadcaster Edward R. Murrow in George Clooney’s 2005 Oscar-nominated drama “Good Night, and Good Luck.”
His 2005 Independent Spirit nomination was the fourth in a stellar career that dates back to his 1980 motion picture debut in John Sayles’ first film, “The Return of the Secaucus Seven.” Strathairn subsequently collaborated with Sayles on seven titles, winning the IFP honor for his supporting performance in “City of Hope,” while collecting two additional nominations for “Passion Fish” and “Limbo.”
His early screen efforts included supporting roles in Mike Nichols’ “Silkwood,” Fred Schepsi’s “Iceman,” James Foley’s “At Close Range” and Robert M. Young’s “Dominick and Eugene,” as well as Sayles’ acclaimed dramas “Matewan” and “Eight Men Out,” and his 1984 satire, “The Brother from Another Planet.”
Turning the decade, Strathairn continued a busy screen career with co-starring roles in several critically acclaimed films, including Tim Robbins’ directorial debut, “Bob Roberts”; Penny Marshall’s “A League of Their Own”; “Losing Isaiah”; Sydney Pollack’s “The Firm”; “Sneakers”; Taylor Hackford’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel “Dolores Claiborne”; and Jodie Foster’s “Home for the Holidays”; as well as two projects with Curtis Hansen: “The River Wild” and the Oscar-winning “L.A. Confidential,” in which Strathairn shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with the all-star ensemble cast. His additional movie credits include “Memphis Belle,” “A Map of the World,” “Simon Birch,” “Lost in Yonkers,” “Missing in America,” Michael Hoffman’s adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Phil Kaufman’s “Twisted” and “The Notorious Bettie Page.”
He has also maintained a high profile in the theatrical world, with roles at such venues as the Manhattan Theatre Club, the New York Shakespeare Festival, SoHo Rep, the Hartford Stage Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre and Seattle Repertory. He will next be seen in Gregory Hoblit’s thriller “Fracture.”
ARLEN ESCARPETA (Reggie Oliver) earned critical acclaim for his breakout role of an honor student caught with a handgun at school in the independent drama “American Gun.” The film, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival, also starred Forest Whitaker, Marcia Gay Harden and Donald Sutherland.
His earlier film credits include a role in Carl Franklin’s courtroom thriller “High Crimes,” opposite Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd.
Following “We Are Marshall,” Escarpeta will star opposite Oliver Platt in the independent comedy spoof “The Ten,” from director David Wain of “Wet Hot American Summer.”
Best known for his three-season role as charismatic college athlete Sam Walker on NBC’s “American Dreams,” Escarpeta made his television debut as a guest star on “Boston Public.” He has since appeared in guest-starring roles on hit shows such as CBS’ “Judging Amy,” F/X’s “The Shield,” G4TechTV’s “Players” and, more recently, NBC’s long-running “ER” and the hit CBS drama “Cold Case.” He also appeared in the pilot episode of NBC’s “Boomtown.”
Escarpeta is a volunteer for the Young Saints Scholarship Foundation and is heavily involved in charities, including the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation and the Union Station Foundation.
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Film Entertainment Magazine
Open Date: December 22, 2006
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Thunder Road Film/Wonderland Sound and Vision production of a McG Film, “We Are Marshall,” starring Matthew McConaughey (“Failure to Launch”), Matthew Fox (ABC’s “Lost”), Ian McShane (Golden Globe Award winner, “Deadwood”), Anthony Mackie (“Million Dollar Baby”), Kate Mara (“Brokeback Mountain”), January Jones (“The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada”), Brian Geraghty (“Jarhead”) and David Strathairn (Oscar nominee, “Good Night, and Good Luck.”).