Monday, January 21, 2008

Alan Arkin’s Son Gets His “Acting Legs”

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Matthew Arkin’s acting legs have helped him step out of his Oscar-winning father’s showbiz shadow.

Arkin – son of screen legend Alan Arkin – stars in the dramatic comedy Raising Flagg along with his dad, and says acting side-by-side with him wasn’t quite as intimidating as it sounds.

Matthew says, “I had never worked with my dad before, but I was surprisingly comfortable. By the time we filmed the movie, I had already come into my own as an actor and had my acting legs. But a few years earlier, I wouldn’t have even tried to work with my dad!”

In the film, Matthew and Alan play father and son, and their off-screen relationship helped their on-screen chemistry, and vice versa.

Matthew explains, “My character jokes with my dad’s character and gives him a hard time, and that’s pretty normal for us.”

And one special scene really helped bring the famous father and son closer.

Matthew says, “At one point, my character has to be very warm and supportive of his dad. Now I’m more that way with my dad in real life. It was great for our personal relationship.”

Raising Flagg comes out on DVD January 29.

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