Van Sant finds actors on MySpace

'Paranoid' star Gabe Nevins found online

Turns out that MySpace is useful for more than posting pics and linking to favorite bands.”Paranoid Park” helmer Gus Van Sant cast his latest pic by trawling the News Corp.-owned social networking site for the right sk8erboi (or grrl) and came up with newly minted actor Gabe Nevins, among others.

Van Sant plays down the MySpace connection, saying he wanted to cast amateurs and assumed the site would be a good way to find them. “We were like the others,” he explained at Cannes when the film premiered, “just trying to figure out ways to get the word out to non-professional people to play in the film.” One of Van Sant’s top friends is “Kids” director Larry Clark.

The latest high-profile helmer to jump on the web bandwagon is no less than Martin Scorsese, who put up a MySpace page of his own last week. With it, Scorsese joins the ranks of the 17 people on the site who claim to be him. Hint: the real Marty can spell “cinephile.”

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