Cranston twins appear in Oscar-nominated movie

A set of twins and their older brother had the chance of a lifetime when they were cast in the acclaimed film "American Hustle" when it was shot last year in New England.

Twins Sonny and Danny Corbo of Cranston played the role of Danny Rosenfeld in "American Hustle."

"I was in the other room and as soon as he said it, I was like 'oh' and then he came out and he said, 'I had to say a bad word, was that OK?' And I said, 'For this, yes, but I don't ever want to hear it again,'" Liza Corbo, the twins' mother, said.

"Most of the talking you see is Sonny talking, but it's pretty evenly switched," Corbo said.

The twins' older brother, Frankie, landed a part as an extra.

A year ago, Al and Liza Corbo, with the kids' consent, thought it would be fun to register them with Boston Casting.

"And within 10 minutes somebody at Boston Casting had emailed me back and asked us to come the same day," Liza Corbo said. "They said it's a movie with Christian Bale, you should really come. It was really exciting."

After four auditions against 50 other sets of twins from around the country, director David O. Russell picked them.

"Never thought that it would go further than just initially sending the pictures in," Corbo said.

"When productions come to the New England area to film, they budget to bring actors in If you get a role and it's a big budget film, the pay's the same," said Anne Mulhall of LDI Pro.

"The difference in saving for production is the hotel, the per diem, the travel. If they can save that money by hiring a local actor, that's what they'll do," Mulhall said.

Mulhall, a casting director with offices at Kay Studios in East Providence, works for the production and doesn't charge the talent as she looks for the next star.

"Parents really have to understand the commitment that they're getting involved in. It's almost like being Olympic parents because there's a lot of schlubbing back and forth, and I think it's about knowing the limits of your own child and yourself. Can you give up everything to go to Hollywood with your kid?" Mulhall said.

There are also talent and modeling agencies.

"Talent agents do work for the actors. They make a percentage of what the actor makes," Mulhall said. "Reputable talent agencies usually don't take on an actor unless they see something in that actor that they can sell."

There are red flags parents should be aware of when starting the process of how to make your kid a star.

Like talent search agencies promising the world, for a fee.

"They happen to swoop into Providence on a Tuesday, that that Tuesday's the only day that your kid can sign up? If your kid is that good, they'll wait," Mulhall said. "Let's think about it logically. If you've paid them up front, what motivates them to find you work? They've already been paid."

For the Corbos, they say they're in it for the fun.

"Now we have an agent, and I try and just pull back and let them do their thing. And if it happens it happens. If it doesn't, it doesn't. I only want it to be for fun at this point," Corbo said.

And it's paying for their college educations.

Parents: do your homework before jumping in head first. Even if it's a one shot deal, it's an experience to savor for a lifetime.