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Julia Roberts & The Cast Of ‘Ben Is Back’ Light Up The Big Apple Premiere

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Dec. 4 2018, Published 8:25 p.m. ET

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Julia Roberts knows a star when she sees one. The actress revealed she is the reason Lucas Hedges co-stars along her in the new film Ben Is Back. She shared all the details at the movie’s premiere.

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Julia, Courtney B. Vance, Mia Fowler, and Jakari Fraser looked like one happy family at their movie’s big night.

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The U.S. premiere was held at the AMC Lowes in New York’s Lincoln Square on Monday, December 3.

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While there, Julia shared some shocking news about co-star Lucas (whose year has also consisted of co-starring alongside Nicole Kidman in Boy Erased). It was her vision for Lucas to play the role of Ben.

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She told Variety, “I envisioned Lucas, and he was brilliant in my mind’s eye, as I knew he would be.”

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The Pretty Woman star went to the movie’s producer/director, who happens to be Lucas’ dad, Peter Hedges, to discuss who would play her drug-addict son in the movie. His son was not among the names on his list.

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“I knew I had a problem when I met with Julia, and she wouldn’t listen to any of my ideas for who could play Ben,” he told the magazine.

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