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Gigantic isn't your typical RomCom. A lonely mattress salesman (Paul Dano) who wants to adopt a Chinese baby. A manic pixie dream girl (Zooey Deschanel) who falls asleep in a store. An unstable homeless man (Zach Galifianakis) who may or may not be a stalker. John Freakin’ Goodman. Wait, was the mid-2000’s secretly a golden age for independent cinema?

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“This effectively combines three of my great fears: the dark, heights, and public nudity.”





“You mess her up, I’ll kill your parents. Your parents still alive?”



“That makes sense.”



“That makes sense? Not really.”




“What’s up dude is the question. Not much is the answer.”


“It sounds kinda shady…”



“Does it? Or does it sound AWESOME?”

Behind the Scenes

The cast alone should sell most film and TV hipsters on Gigantic. In addition to Dano, Deschanel, Galifianakis, and Goodman, there are supporting roles from Ed “Who’s got two thumbs and is the only guy to win an Emmy for Drama and Comedy in the Same Role?” Asner, celebrated stage actress Jane Alexander, and Clarke Peters of The Wire. It’s more or less impossible to envision an assembly of such eclectic talents in this day and age, especially in a low-budget indie from a first time writer-director like Matt Aselton. While the release date and quirkiness of this movie lump it in with the broad category of mumblecore, it’s an unfair label. Aselton drew on his background making commercials to deliver a slightly more complicated and stylish production. If anything, Gigantic celebrates a time when distributors and producers were willing to roll the dice on emerging filmmakers and creative casting decisions.

Actor Paul Dano was largely instrumental in making this film happen. Credited as an executive producer, Dano and his involvement was what reportedly drew many of the other actors to the project, filling him with what he termed some amount of “dread at the approach.” Dano claimed he was looking for something a little lighter after There Will Be Blood and was drawn to the “small heroism” of the character in Gigantic, saying that he takes projects because “I have to be responsible for what I do. I want to be the kind of actor where I still like myself.” And what would this well-respected young actor be doing if he weren’t making dynamic and moving films? “Farming sounds pretty good, actually.”

""I’m not necessarily sure that I was telling these people what I wanted so much as I was helping them get to what was the best thing for the character. I can’t work in a way (like) “This is the way it is and this is the only way.” I feel like you’ve got these great minds and great actors and you have to include them in the process. If you don’t, I think you’re trying to force something that doesn’t belong. I know there are directors who hear it in their heads and that’s the only way it can be. I don’t work like that. Frankly, I think it’s kind of insulting (to the actors)... It’s such a personal story with a lot of subtleties and strangeness that I felt we didn’t really want to present the movie so much as observe the movie. I feel a lot of comedy gets presented that way and we didn’t want it to be just a pure comedy. We wanted to make sure that it had some emotion to it. We wanted to stay away from funny looking lenses and go for more cinematic looking things. I generally think that backing the camera up and being on a longer lens helps that. It’s just a better look for me."


  1. Keith Bergendorff ( User Karma: 1 ) says:

    I had never heard about this film despite several of my favorite actors being cast in it. Charming and quirky, thanks for featuring it! 👍

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