Colin Farrell: Reading The Banshees Of Inisherin script is more fun than doing it

Irish actor Colin Farrell said reading The Banshees Of Inisherin script was more interesting than doing it because “you temporarily go to some dark place”.

he black-drama-comedy is written and directed by Oscar-winning Martin McDonagh, who directed Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in the 2008 film In Bruges.

His latest film, set on a remote island off the coast of Ireland, will see Farrell’s character devastated as his friend, played by Gleeson, ends their long friendship. surname.

It is the sequel to McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and also stars Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan.

Arriving at the film’s UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, Farrell told the PA news agency that returning to the screen with Gleeson was “easy”.

“We push each other in appropriate ways from a place of love and a place of shared curiosity. We just had the most amazing material on the site to put together.

“From the first scene on, it turns funny and then it’s very moving, very sad.

“Reading it is more fun than doing it, and seeing it is more fun than doing it, that’s the middle part, the second act, putting actual scenes into the movie, that’s the part that can get a little bit sticky Sometimes because it gets stuck because you go to some dark places, albeit temporary, but a great cast and a great crew, it feels like a very shared experience. “

Speaking of McDonagh, he added: “Martin likes to have a family feel… he doesn’t care if you’re a phenomenal actor or not.

“He loves the feeling of family coming from a shared interest and a common goal, which is not always the case.”

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Gleeson said he’s been looking forward to a reunion since they shot In Bruges because they all felt it was a “special kind of special thing” and they were “thrilled” to be back.

Filmmaker McDonagh said the film was “completely written” for Farrell, Gleeson, Condon and Keoghan.


Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell reunite on film (Scott Garfitt/AP)

He told PA: “I love having a bunch of actors that I can go back to, it’s easier to not have complete strangers appear on the film and so I prefer to go back to people who are like me. each other, not just because they’re funny but because they’re also really good actors. “

Speaking of the film, he said, “I just wanted to capture the sadness of a real breakup, but a breakup between two people isn’t usually a story told, just to capture its sadness. but how. funny that can be too. Honestly that was the initial impulse.”

Speaking of filming in Ireland, he added: “It was fun. We shot very close to where my parents live in Galway for half the movie. I started my plays in Galway 25 years ago so it feels like a return home.”

Producer Graham Broadbent, who also produced In Bruges, described why he often comes back to work with the same actor and director.

“I think there’s a way of making movies and you can do it in Hollywood with tough, scary, horrible people or you can do it with smart, kind, talented people and that’s it. experience I had with Martin. some movies.

“There’s nothing better than being around smart, kind, outstanding people and doing something that I think is extraordinary.”

Singer-songwriter Noel Gallagher was among the guests to the film’s UK premiere at the London Film Festival on Thursday.

Banshees Of Inisherin will be released in the UK on October 21. Colin Farrell: Reading The Banshees Of Inisherin script is more fun than doing it

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