I’m presuming Ryan Phillipe got cast in Cint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers because he was exceptional in Paul Haggis’s Crash (as Matt Dillon’s rookie-cop partner), and that particular attention was paid because Haggis wrote Million Dollar Baby, etc. And I’m figuring Jesse Bradford was also brought aboard because of his performance in Chris Terrio’s Heights . I have to say I detected modest intelligence levels, at best, and a very low energy reading from Bradford’s acting in that recent, relatively unsuccessful New York drama. Look deep into Bradford’s dark eyes and there’s nobody home….blanko.