THE DARKEST HOUR
EMILE HIRSCH (Sean) recently took time off from acting to
work on a
humanitarian journey that took him through the Congo, Zimbabwe and the top of
Kilimanjaro. Following those incredible experiences Hirsch had a fire to get
acting and he's been busy ever since.
First came the shoot in Russia for The Darkest Hour, and immediately
that, Hirsch went to New Orleans to work with legendary director William
on Killer Joe, a dark comedy where Hirsch stars opposite Matthew McConaughey and
Juno Temple. Following Christmas break, Hirsch jumped into The Motel Life, based
the novel by Willy Vlautin, starring opposite Dakota Fanning. He recently
production on two projects: Oliver Stone's Savages with Blake Lively, Taylor
John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Salma Hayek, and Benicio Del Toro; and Venuto al
Mondo, based on the best selling book by Margaret Mazzantini, starring Penelope
and directed by Sergio Castellitto.
Hirsch was a Screen Actors Guild Award nominee as part of the ensemble of
Gus Van Sant's Milk, in which Hirsch starred as real-life activist Cleve Jones
Sean Penn's Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award-winning performance as Harvey
Milk. The Los Angeles native was also seen in Taking Woodstock, directed by Ang
and based on James Schamus' adaptation of Elliot Tiber's memoir.
In 2007, Hirsch garnered attention for his captivating performance in Into
Wild, directed by Sean Penn. Based on the bestselling book by Jon Krakauer and
adapted for the screen by Penn, Into the Wild starred Hirsch as real-life
Christopher McCandless. His portrayal earned him the National Board of Review
for Breakthrough Performance by an Actor; the Rising Star Award from the Palm
International Film Festival; Gotham and Critics' Choice Award nominations for
Actor; and two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, in both the lead actor and
His other features include the Wachowski Brothers' Speed Racer, Nick
Cassavetes' Alpha Dog, and Catherine Hardwicke's Lords of Dogtown, opposite
Following Into the Wild, Hirsch became an Oxfam Ambassador and in June 2008
travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo with Oxfam. He spent five days
this country, which has suffered one of the most deadly conflicts since World
War II, with
over 5.4 million deaths, 1.3 million displaced persons, and violence and rape as
threat. Hirsch was featured on the cover of the January 2009 Men's Journal with
photo spread and a heartfelt diary about his experience. Following up is his
Hirsch traveled to Zimbabwe in April 2009 to experience first-hand Oxfam's
the cholera crisis that hit the region. Most recently, Hirsch participated in
Summit on the
Summit, an expedition to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of the
clean water in the world.
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