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.
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.