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From the deep comedy well of ‘dumb guys who think they’re smart’ we bring you Tom and Grant. Small time crooks, poster children for the disenfranchised, they’ve been swept to the periphery of the American Dream and left to pick up it’s crumbs. They push back against the system, refusing to be lumped in with the masses in the heartland, adopting the mantra ‘Quit your day job’. They seek a better way.
Problem is, they’re idiots.
All they’ve got is a car, a dream, and a very dumb idea: let someone else rob the bank, and then rob the robbers. Theirs is a quest to plunge headlong into the Pantheon of Poor Choices.
‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself’. Some Presidents offer quotes for the ages; others, not so much. These lowered standards have become the lyrics of a troubled era. It’s the soundtrack of the misguided, and the music of choice of Tom and Grant. Just as Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics for ‘Born in the USA’ were never anthemic, Tom and Grant’s, ‘When You Are a Star’, was never intended to inspire…
Tom Cavanagh and Grant Gustin, arch rivals on the television show ‘The Flash’, team up to play the titular small time crooks. Their brotherhood is the fuel that drives this caper, offering dissections of the movie stakeout archetype, musings on freedom, and a truly unfortunate misinterpretation of the term ‘jazz hands’. Written and directed by Cavanagh, he marries the current politic of hearing only what we want to hear with the easy camaraderie of the buddy pic.
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Golden Globe nominated actor / director Tom Cavanagh can currently be seen acting in and directing Warner Bros. “The Flash” on the CW. He additionally just completed post-production on his short film “Tom and Grant” which he wrote, directed and starred in opposite his “Flash” co-star Grant Gustin.
In addition to his current series, Cavanagh has extensive television, film and theatre credits. He starred on and directed NBC’s “Ed”, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. He was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Showtime’s critically acclaimed ”Bang Bang You’re Dead.” Additional television credits include NBC’s “Scrubs,” CBS’ “Love Monkey,” ABC’s “Eli Stone” and TNT’s “Trust Me” opposite Eric McCormack. Recent film credits include the thriller 400 Days, the upcoming indie Offer & Compromise, Yogi Bear with TJ Miller and Justin Timberlake, Two Weeks opposite Sally Field and the controversial Breakfast With Scot that was dubbed the ‘gay hockey movie.’ Theatre credits include Broadway turns in Shenandoah and more recently the Tony award winning Urinetown.
Directing is a major focus for Cavanagh and his additional credits include various theatre productions, the NY-based “Money Game,” and the feature film Faith.
In his spare time, Cavanagh works closely with Nothing But Nets – a grassroots campaign of the United Nations Foundation to raise awareness and funding to fight malaria in Africa. Born in Ottawa, Canada, Tom actually lived in Ghana himself as a child and contracted the disease.
Currently, Cavanagh splits his time between NYC and Vancouver where “The Flash” is filmed.