There’s a new home-for-the-holidays movie in theaters today, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, and it’s not what you’d expect. “The film is based on the types of families I grew up with,” Ed Burns told InStyle.com at the Toronto International Film Festival of the Fitzgerald flick, which he stars in, wrote the screenplay for, and directed (busy guy!). His film tells the story of a grown-up brother and sister (played by Nashville‘s Connie Britton), who host their father for the holidays after he returns from being estranged for 20 years. With his triple responsibilities, Burns was able to inject a few personal elements into the story, like the Long Island setting. “I knew that I wanted to shoot it in my old neighborhood, and we were able to find a location a block from where I actually grew up,” the 44-year-old said. And he made sure his cast members had input as well. “The thing we did on this film that was very different was basically ask all the actors how their characters are going to dress,” Burns told InStyle.com. “My process with the actors has always been very inclusive, so they kind of dictated to me. And almost everyone brought all of their [own wardrobe],” Burns said.  “That’s how we put it together!” Check it out for yourself–click here to find out where the film is playing near you.

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