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Casting The Boiler Boys
At the center of this real-life roller coaster, Younger placed a savvy newcomer, Seth Davis, whose hunger for the fast money of the boiler room belies a deeper struggle for acceptance and love from his father, a respected New York judge. "Seth is a 19 year-old who is much brighter than most of his peers. But as smart and successful as Seth is, he still needs his dad to love him," notes Younger. "That's his personal dilemma. He's so quick and he could be so successful in life, but he can't quite escape his father's reach. The boiler room is Seth's way of reaching out to his dad, but their definitions of success are completely opposite. His struggle to do the right thing is the emotional core of the movie and has a lot of truth to it."

Seth wants it both ways - he wants the easy cash as well as the hard-won closeness with his parents - but his choices bring down the whole house of cards and put him and his father in the middle of a Federal crime investigation.

Giovanni Ribisi - already known for the intensity and complexity of his screen roles such as his acclaimed turn in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan - was a clear-cut choice to play Seth Davis. The actor plunged himself into the role. "I started out liking Giovanni and ended up in awe of him," says Ben Younger of Ribisi. "If there was anyone more committed to this film than me, it was Giovanni. He's so committed it's scary."

Ribisi was drawn to the challenge of immersing himself in the world of telemarketing boiler rooms - which he calls "Wall Street on crack with an extra dose of testosterone." He recalls a tour of one brokerage firm where the parking lot was filled with Mercedes, Lamborghinis and Ferraris, all driven by kids under 30. He also learned a great deal by watching the pros cold-calling unsuspecting customers.

"What I found is that in these places it's almost like a competitive athletic game. It's all about the win, about making the sale and being able to say ´my car cost $250,000,'"observes Ribisi. "But these guys work hard. The guys I observed made literally 700 calls a day, sometimes even doing what they call double-fisting, talking on two phones at the same time."

Ribisi also had to do some old-fashioned homework, boning up on investment lingo and financial terms. "Before this, I pretty much knew there was a stock market and that's all," laughs Ribisi. "I started pouring through dictionaries to learn the terminology and reading books on how the market works. And I also began exploring that aspect of myself that is excited by greed and money."

Ribisi found himself sympathetic to Seth Davis' plight. "He really is just a kid who becomes so driven for the money and the success that he almost gets his whole world pulled out from under him," notes the actor. "All he really wants is a relationship with his father. But the boiler rooms draw you in and a guy like Seth finds himself lying and yelling and screwing people over without realizing what's happening to him."

Playing Seth's boiler room mentor, the hyper-charismatic Chris, is his Saving Private Ryan co-star Vin Diesel. Diesel once had a job selling over the phone and it was an experience that always stuck with him. "I remember how it was and this script was completely on the money," says Diesel. "This movie seemed like a great chance to go back and show the world how dangerous telemarketing can be."

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