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‘Almost Famous’ Actor Grows Up

September 9, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ Teen actor Patrick Fugit grew up _ literally _ on the set of his new film ``Almost Famous.″

Not only did he appear in his first sex scene, he grew three inches while the movie was being shot.

Fugit, 17, stars as a budding 15-year-old rock journalist assigned to follow the tour of an up-and-coming band.

``It was like ‘the shoulders are broadening as we speak. The voice is getting lower as we speak’,″ Frances McDormand, who plays his mother, said in the Sept. 7-14 issue of Time Out New York.

The movie’s wardrobe department had to refit Fugit’s pants each time he outgrew his cuffs. And as the film progressed, co-star Billy Crudup _ originally the same height as Fugit _ had to wear platform shoes.

``In some scenes I had to lean over slightly,″ Fugit said. ``By the end, I looked different and sounded different. My voice changed an octave and a half.″

``Almost Famous″ opens at theaters on Wednesday.

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