As part of the audition process, the boys were shown scenes from war movies and asked to recreate them. Attah was picked out of the thousand or so children who were tested. So remember, kids: Stay out of school, bow down to peer pressure, and you too could end up winning an Independent Spirit Award and appearing in a Spider-Man movie.
Up In The Air's Laid-Off Workers Were Real Laid-Off Workers
Up In The Air starred George Clooney as an expert in "termination assistance" (someone who fires people, not an action hero who sends bad guys flying in the air with a rocket launcher, sadly). Naturally, the movie required a bunch of actors to portray people who'd been fired, but director Jason Reitman was having trouble with those roles. He tried to write parts for them, but they just sounded phony. Apparently, being the movie director son of a movie director doesn't give you a whole lot of experience with unemployment.
So Reitman simply scratched out the "actors" part and recruited people who'd actually been fired. Considering that the movie was shot in 2009 America, this wasn't terribly hard. Reitman advertised (falsely) that he was making a documentary about job loss, and got "a few hundred" responses. He sat 100 laid-off workers in front of a camera, interviewed them for a while, and then asked them to pretend they'd just been sacked again. Of these, 25 ended up in the movie. Which is nice for them, but maybe not so nice for the other 75, who felt like they got fired from a movie about getting fired.