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