In 2007, Hirsch garnered attention for his captivating performance in “Into the Wild,” directed by Sean Penn. Based on the bestselling book by Jon Krakauer and adapted for the screen by Penn, “Into the Wild” starred Hirsch as real-life adventurer Christopher McCandless. The portrayal earned him the National Board of Review award for Breakthrough Performance by an Actor; the Rising Star Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival; Gotham and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Actor; and two Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations, in the lead actor category and the ensemble category (shared with his fellow cast members).
The Los Angeles native was recently again a SAG Award® nominee in the latter category as part of the ensemble of Gus Van Sant’s “Milk,” in which Hirsch starred as real-life activist Cleve Jones, opposite Penn’s SAG- and Academy Award®-winning performance as Harvey Milk.
Hirsch’s other features include the Wachowski Brothers’ “Speed Racer,” Nick Cassavetes’ “Alpha Dog” and Catherine Hardwicke’s “Lords of Dogtown” (opposite Heath Ledger). In the fall, Hirsch reteams with Hardwicke for a modern-day telling of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”
ABOUT THE MOVIE
X GAMES 3D: THE MOVIE captures the drama and spectacle that play out every year at the X Games, highlighting the behind-the-scenes stories of the featured athletes and the sacrifices they make in pursuit of glory and the advancement of their sports on the biggest stage in action sports.