Starshine Devon Sawa

Auditions

How he got “Casper”

“To be honest, at this point in our schedule, I had one selfish goal which was to have somebody who would elicit a wonderful reaction for Christina Ricci. So as I started to try and cast this part which would only consist of a couple of lines, I made Christina come with me and sit with me and be part of the process.

And a young guy came Devon and Christina Ricci in "Casper"down from Canada. I saw his photo, brought him down and I watched Christina just absolutely blush and get very rude to him (snort) and I knew that he was our guy! This is the case with young teenage girls and their reactions to boys!

A young guy named Devon Sawa.  It’s just so fun to watch the journey of young actors. This was Devon’s first BIG on screen role. It was his first film and literally, sort of like a shwab(?) story as we were finishing work on Casper, the producer of another picture over at Amblim Entertainment (?) came rushing in and was having problems with his leads in another youth oriented movie and said, ‘Do you know anybody who can play football?’ And so I ran over to Devon, and again who’s just a terrific, terrific young guy, also 14 at the time. I said ‘Can you throw a football?’ and he, of course, bluffed his way through as any good actor would and that began the second of what was going to be a pretty budding career.

He’s now in every copy of Tiger Beat and Teen magazine. And he’s probably done more pictures than most of the other actors around him. Great kid.”
Source: Director of Casper on the DVD commentary

How he got “The Devil’s Den”

“Devon Sawa was actually the last one cast for the film. I didn’t know him before and didn’t even think of approaching him because, honestly, I didn’t think we could afford him. It was the distributors who pushed us to send his people the script and said they would cover the costs. So I have to give IDT credit for thinking of Devon.

As far as his work goes, I think you’ll see in the final product that this films works because of him. As Quinn he shoulders the comedy in the film. If he was flat, or not funny, or not believable then the film just wouldn’t come off right. I definitely hope to work with him again in the future (hint, hint).”
Source: Mitch Gould, director of The Devil’s Den

How he got “Eminem’s Stan Music Video”

“We had a list of people. We kinda just looked at a group of people, and Devon was one of them, one of the people that we looked at.”
Source: Phil from the Eminem E DVD

“Since Final Destination’s a really spooky movie they, they thought I’d be perfect for this, you know? It’s Stan the psycho fan.”
Source: Devon talking from the Eminem E DVD

“Dr. Dre was a huge fan of Final Destination and he called my agents and what-not, and they said ‘well we want Devon Sawa with this thing with Eminem’s music videoDevon in "Stan", Eminem's Music Video‘, and I actually heard from a friend that they were looking for me and I pursued it myself, because I knew Eminem was going to be the next big thing. That’s basically how I got it. I sat down with Dre for lunch one day; I was so nervous, I was more nervous sitting down with Dre then Steven Spielberg.”

How he got “Extreme Dating”

“Luckily I got word that he really liked the script and so we met. He dressed perfectly for the role and wore glasses which made him feel very “young professional”. So after that we made the offer for the role.”
Source: Lorena Davids, producer of “Extreme Dating”

How he got “Final Destination”

“I actually read the script on a plane. It just freaked me out and I went down and met with Glen and Jim and I thought they were amazing. I thought they had some great ideas.

Devon in "Final Destination"They still weren’t sure whether to hire me and so they wanted to read me and before I was doing another movie called The Guilty and before that movie started, it was like, I don’t know – we started shooting at like 7 in the morning and so they came over to my trailer at 6:30 in the morning and we read in my trailer and uh. Actually, it wasn’t my trailer. It was Bill Pullman’s, I just wanted to use his cause it was bigger and made me look – ya know. (laugh) Anyways, uh, so we read and uh, I got the part and that’s the jist of it. Thanks Bill!”
Source: Final Destination commentary, Devon Sawa

How he got “Little Giants”

On the set of Casper, “the producer of another picture over at Amblim Entertainment (?) came rushing in and was having problems with his leads in another youth oriented movie and said, ‘Do you know anybody who can play football?’

And so I ran over to Devon, and again who’s just a terrific, terrific young guy, also 14 at the time. I said ‘Can you throw a football?’ and he, of course, bluffed his way through as any good actor would and that began the second of what was going to be uh, a pretty budding career.”
Source: Director of Casper on the DVD commentary

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