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Ryan Merriman on Home of the Giants

Author :Heather Newgen

First published at on February 8, 2006

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Although Final Destination 3 star Ryan Merriman hasn't quite recovered from his "physically grueling" role of Kevin in the third installment of the series, he's already off to work on another film called Home of the Giants which also stars Haley Joel Osment. Merriman talked to about his new project and the struggles of learning to play basketball for his latest movie.

"It's a dramatic film about high school basketball in Indiana. So it's kind of like how 'Friday Nights' is to football, this is for basketball. It has to deal with high school and the gambling you know. Things that go on and how I get treated…It's based off a true story also. The writer and director, it's based off his true life stories and two of his best friends. His brother is in jail and gets out. He owes a drug dealer money and I have to get asked to throw the game."

Although Merriman grew up playing sports and considers himself to be a good athlete, he had to step up his game for the role of Matt, the town "stud."

"There were kids that were 16-17 years old that were there I was throwing alley oops. The hardest thing was learning to throw alley oops because you know I've never played with somebody who could do alley oops. So I'm like sitting there and I said what do I do? He's like just throw it up there man. Go get it. I threw it up and this kid we called him 'go get it', he had you know the box above the rim. I threw it up and I was like sh*t. It was take five and it was way too high. He's suppose to dunk it with his right hand. He jumps up and in mid air he grabs it with his left above the box and dunks it. There's another guy 5'10" who could honey dip it which means you put your whole arm in the rim. It's ridiculous. So there was that whole aspect, but I got my shot down towards the end. But, in the beginning all these guys have been playing since they could walk. And I was hitting rim. You know I'd dribble and miss and hit my foot," he laughed.

Currently you can catch Merriman in Final Destination 3, which hits theaters this Friday.

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