Cph Pix: 'Borg/McEnroe' director talks casting Borg's son

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Cph Pix: 'Borg/McEnroe' director talks casting Borg's son
Wendy Mitchell reports from the festival’s inaugural work in progress session; further titles presented were Winter Brothers, Drib, Under The Tree and Tom Of Finland.

Casting Bjorn Borg’s 13-year-old son Leo to play his father in Borg/McEnroe wasn’t a publicity stunt, the film’s director Janus Metz explained.

“Casting him was a very magical, strange process. We were looking for kids age 13-15 with a talent for sports, and weren’t public that this was for a film about Bjorn Borg. We got in a casting tape for Leo Borg,” the director said.

“For a long time I didn’t want Leo in the movie, because I was genuinely afraid it would be perceived as a publicity stunt,” Metz explained. “But he of course looks like his dad, he’s one of the best tennis players in Sweden in his age group, it’s just so interesting. He had the
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