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Clive Owen's Back — This Time With a 6-year-old Co-Star

September 30, 2009

The British actor Clive Owen has famously shared the big screen with the likes of Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, Keira Knightley and Cate Blanchett. And yet, for his new film "The Boys Are Back," it all came down to finding chemistry with a 6-year-old.

Based on a memoir by journalist Simon Carr and directed by Scott Hicks ("Shine"), "The Boys Are Back" is a new kind of screen role for Owen: that of a parent. In the film, he plays Joe Warr, a single father (his wife dies of cancer in the early scenes) who must find a way to renew his connection with his two sons and raise them alone.

"I was nervous, genuinely nervous," said Owen, at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, about the prospect of acting alongside a youngster — and knowing that this film, for which he is an executive producer, needed to find a very unusual performer to play his character's younger child, Artie, who loses his mother at the age of 6. Read More