TORONTO -- It’s an overnight success story 11 years in the making. Scoot McNairy, 32, the Dallas-born actor who has been working in indie films and commercials for more than a decade, is having a moment. And it’s one on grand display at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he has come with the cast of "Argo," to promote the Ben Affleck-directed film that took him from Los Angeles to Istanbul, Turkey and back.
The film marks one of five the actor has shot this year with directors he truly admires: Affleck, Andrew Dominik in “Killing Them Softly,” Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” Gus Van Sant’s “Promised Land,” and Lynn Shelton’s “Touchy Feely.”
Wearing eyeglasses and a button-down, McNairy talks work before he is to be whisked off to a press conference to promote “Argo,” though he’s already been told by his friend, producer Dede Gardner, that he doesn’t have to worry, “They won’t ask you anything, Scoot,” he relays.
Yet it’s Gardner and Dominik that McNairy credits for his success. Yes, the actor had already received some acclaim for his role in the Gareth Edwards indie “Monsters,” but Dominik, he says, was willing to take a flyer on the actor who honed his skills in L.A. acting classes and through a slew of commercials.