Colin Farrell was pictured in Dolce&Gabbana attending the LA premier of his latest film ‘Seven Psychopaths’. The film is his second feature with writer/director Martin McDonagh following the highly successful dark comedy ‘In Bruges’(2008).
Seven Psychopaths and one Colin Farrell
McDonagh made his name as an award-winning playwright and is generally considered one of the most important living Irish playwrights. That’s quite a reputation, only McDonagh is a born and bred Londoner, albeit to Irish parents, he has always made much of his Irish roots and his writing owes much to the Irish literary tradition and John Millington Synge in particular. It’s a partnership that sits well with everyone.
He first came to international attention when his two trilogies ‘The Leenane Trilogy’ and ‘The Aran Islands Trilogy’ sent his name into the stratosphere garnering a sting of theatre award nominations including four Tonys and four Laurence Oliviers. That was only the beginning however, as his first short film ‘Six Shooter’ (2006) got him an Academy Award for best Short Film. His first feature ‘In Bruge’ (2008), starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, got him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screen Play and won him a BAFTA.
So with this type of pedigree you would expect great things. ‘In Bruge’ demonstrated his screenplay style with a superb mixture of absurd comedy and dark violence. Farrell as well was a revelation playing against type in a role that demanded expert comic timing. McDonagh is depicted as a genius of immense talent that can allegedly torture himself over the use of a colon or a semi-colon. He certainly has a masterful way with the English language and the handling of plot and character development. The real star of his films is the dialogue.
For fans, ‘Seven Psycopaths’ has been a long time coming, with production starting back in May 2011. Originally Mickey Rourke dropped out of acting in ‘The Expendables 2′ in order to act in it, but he soon dropped out of the project calling McDonagh ‘a jerk-off’, he was replaced with Woody Harrelson. Of the incident McDonagh said ‘I’m fine with it, Mickey’s a great actor [...] I’ve known Woody for years and years and he was a perfect choice for this too. He’s got those great dramatic elements, which he’s shown in ‘Rampart’ recently and he’s always been a fantastic comedian. You need that in this – some one who can be out and out funny but also turn sinister on a dime.”
It seems Harrelson was an inspired choice and much of the film’s pre-release hype has involved the one-time ‘Cheers’ actor, with his character in the film with his own Twitter account @PsychoCostello. With star turns by Christopher Walken and Tom Waits it promises to be quite the ride. Hold onto your seats.
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