Last-minute change pays off big for Montreal-centric Boost at Canadian Screen Awards

Eight days before shooting their $1-million movie Boost, the producers decided it needed to be completely recast.

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Actor Nabil Rajo

Boost claimed four Canadian Screen Awards including Best Actor in a Leading Role on Sunday night. 

Eight days before shooting their $1-million movie Boost, the producers decided it needed to be completely recast.

It proved to be the right decision — the film is up for five Canadian Screen Awards at this Sunday’s gala — even if it hasn’t quite paid off. Yet.

The cast was supposed to be South Asian. But then writer Darren Curtis and producers Frederic Bohbot and Kieran Crilly discovered Nabil Rajo.

They immediately wanted to give him the lead. And so they scrambled to find East African and black African-Canadian actors to surround him.

“It was a big risk. We had to make a bunch of changes. So it’s gratifying to see that their recognition tells us that we made the right decision,” said co-producer Frederic Bohbot.

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