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Amini's dream cast for first film

The Two Faces Of January's Hossein Amini has said he had a dream cast to help his directorial debut run smoothly.

Hossein directed the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel, his first project at the helm, with a cast made up of Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac.

He said of directing for the first time: "It was nerve-racking but I had very kind cast and crew, and probably because I did it a little bit older, I didn't do it in my twenties, I did it in my forties, I think I wasn't afraid of coming across not knowing what I was doing.

"Then people would come in and help and I think one of the great things about being a first-time director is if you let them - people, cast and crew, will help you."

He added of his stars: "They're all such experienced actors and brilliant actors too, and they're very well matched. It really is a three hander with the tensions between them and I think you need three characters of equal ability and status and charisma."

Oscar and Hosseini had worked together before on Drive, which the director wrote the screenplay for, and he said he'd been keen to work with the actor, who recently starred in the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis.

Hossein said: "I was always desperate to cast him and he hadn't been cast in the Coen brothers movie yet so it was a bit harder financing it and then that happened and suddenly he became a big star, and everyone was desperate to get him in their film, so it all worked out very well in time."

The Two Faces Of January is in cinemas now.

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