There are several nationally and internationally known actors in Sin Bin, including the leads, Michael Seater and Emily Meade, along with supporting actors Bo Burnham, Brian Petsos, Ben McKenzie, and Gillian Jacobs.
But there are also a number of well-known (and about to be well-known) Chicagoans in the film. Sin Bin director Billy Federighi said spotlighting Chicago is important to him.
“There is so much talent in this city, and we want to put that on display,” he said.
Here are five Chicagoans featured in Sin Bin.
1. Jeff Garlin — This man wants to eat cheese with you. At least, that was the title of his one-man show, “I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With,” which later became a movie of the same name. Garlin co-stars and executive produces the HBO comedy, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” with Larry David. Although he currently lives in Los Angeles, Garlin was born in Chicago and later studied at Second City. According to IMDB, Garlin lived near Wrigley Field with … Conan O’Brien. Pffft, I bet that place was dull.
Garlin plays Dean Theatard in Sin Bin.
2. Chance Bone – Yes, that’s his real name. While Bone currently lives in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood, he was born in a small-town in Missouri. He moved to Chicago to attend DePaul University, where he studied theater. Bone most recently starred in a stage version of A Separate Peace at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre.
Bone plays Glenn in Sin Bin.
3. Nick Bastounes—Sin Bin writer Chris Storer and director Federighi are from the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, and three of the movie’s locations are actually in Park Ridge. Bastounes hails from Park Ridge, on the same block where Federighi’s parents live. That’s how Federighi met Bastounes, an actor currently studying at Chicago’s Second City. Acting runs in the Bastounes family. Tom Bastounes, Nick’s father, is a filmmaker and actor. He produced the movie, The Merry Gentleman, which was shot in Chicago.
Bastounes plays Sal in Sin Sin.
4. Gabriel Notarangelo—A native of the Detroit area, Notarangelo graduated from Northwestern graduate, where he studied theater. He has starred in productions at Chicago’s Goodman, Steppenwolf, and Chicago Shakespeare theaters. According to his resume, Notarangelo can do no-handed cartwheels. Impressive.
Notarangelo plays Steve in Sin Bin.
5. Billy Dec – Chicago’s nightclub impresario—perhaps the only person in the movie who knows the Obamas and Oprah (not to mention Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie)—is a bit of a renaissance man. He’s CEO and founder of Rockit Ranch Productions, a top restaurant and entertainment development company in Chicago, an Emmy-nominated television host, an attorney-at-law, a Harvard business school student, a member of various boards and committees in the city, and an actor.
Dec plays a detention hall teacher in Sin Bin.