“‘The Switch,’ in my view,” says Berger, “is really about a guy, Wally, Jason Bateman, who has very strong, unrealized feelings towards Kassie, Jennifer Aniston, who he thinks is his best friend.
But, what the audience realizes is that there’s much more to it for him and it’s one of those movies that takes the character a while to catch up to what the audience may be suspecting early on. It’s a very recognizable situation.
There are a lot of dynamics in relationships where a character has to grow into his own feelings and I think that’s very much the journey of Wally in this movie.”
Aniston is also an executive producer on the film, along with her Echo Films partner Kristin Hahn.
“Jennifer, who’s a real pro, was able to wear those two hats in a very positive way for the film,” says Berger.
“She’s graceful, generous and is able to exert her influence on behalf of the production in subtle but good ways.
Kristin Hahn, Jen’s partner, is a very capable producer and it has been a real pleasure making the movie with them.”
“I’ve found Jennifer to be amazingly earthy, charming, direct, very easy to talk to,” adds Yerxa.
Jennifer Aniston found herself drawn to the part for several reasons:
“I thought it was a really beautiful, great story that was kind of unconventional and it’s also one of the first movies that our production company Echo Films will be coming out with. I also wanted to work with Jason Bateman.”
Finding the right child to play Sebastian was a big piece of the puzzle for the filmmakers. Directors Speck and Gordon and casting director Doug Abel did a search for two months in both the New York City and Los Angeles areas with a lot of open calls at grade schools, resulting in many work sessions, callbacks, and screen tests to find the right fit for Sebastian.
Finally, in Los Angeles, they found talented six-year-old Thomas Robinson. Both directors are justifiably proud of the work they put in bringing Thomas through the casting process and then nurturing and guiding him to deliver a fine performance on screen.
Says Speck, “We had seen Thomas on tape and knew we had to meet him in person, so we flew to LA and had a great work session with him.”
Adds Gordon, “He had the perfect balance of vulnerability and introspection that the character demands, and he happens to look a lot like Jason Bateman.”