See 3 B.I. School students act in “Moonrise Kingdom”
The library is showing “Moonrise Kingdom” this Saturday at 7 p.m., and it’s worth going if you haven’t seen this gentle, fanciful movie, which isn’t like anything else you’ve seen on the big screen and casts a lingering, sweet spell.
And if you need another reason to go, here it is: Three Block Island School children, Andre Miller, Richie Conant and Ryan McGarry, are in it.
Well, Ryan says all you can see is his back. But Richie has a whole line. We won’t spoil things by revealing what it is, but here’s a clue: in this alternate reality, he’s related to actor Jason Schwartzman.
Andre Bourdreau sent in the boys’ headshots when the film’s casting call was announced, and Ryan was the first to get called in, hauling the others along for his audition. Kari Curtis, Ryan’s mom, accompanied him when they were shooting in Hope Valley’s Camp Yawgoog in May and June 2011 and snapped these shots, which she had to promise not to publish until after the film came out.
She recounts seeing all the boys dressed up as “Khaki Scouts” as the film crew made artificial rain, and Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Wes Anderson all wandered around in the sunny, wet woods.
“It was fun getting to meet people, although they gave me a really bad hair cut,” remembers Ryan.
Richie, who spent the most time on set — 12 days — said the later scenes he shot were the most fun, because there were fewer people. He hung out with Bruce Willis, Ed Norton and Bill Murray, as well as the film’s two child stars. “We played football and stuff,” he says.
Do the boys dream of fame and fortune now? They seem pretty level headed. “If I get another call, I’d definitely do it,” allows Richie.
The boys each made some money: $200 to $1,200, depending on how long they were on set. Their parents have socked it away in saving funds.
You’ll have to watch carefully to recognize our homegrown stars in the film, but it’s a safe bet that at the library showing, there’ll be plenty of people dying to help you spot them.