Colin Farrell & Sam Rockwell Interview For ‘Seven Psychopaths’
From Oscar-winning writer and director Martin McDonagh comes a star-studded, blood-drenched, black comedy. Marty (Colin Farrell) is a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay Seven Psychopaths. All he needs is a little focus and inspiration. Billy (Sam Rockwell) is Marty’s best friend, an unemployed actor and part time dog thief, who wants to help Marty by any means necessary. Hans (Christopher Walken) is Billy’s partner in crime. A religious man with a violent past. Charlie is the psychopathetic gangster whose beloved dog, Billy and Hans have just stolen. Charlie’s unpredictable, extremely violent and wouldn’t think twice about killing anyone or anything associated with the theft. Marty is going to get all the focus and inspiration he needs, just as long as he lives to tell the tale. Alongside Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken, ‘Seven Psychopaths’ stars Woody Harrelson, Olga Kurylenko, Abbie Cornish, Kevin Corrigan, Zeljko Ivanek, Tom Waits and Gabourey Sidibe. The film is set for release October 12th in the US and December 7th in the UK. Look out for a more in-depth interview with Colin Farrell and Sam Rockwell for ‘Seven Psychopaths’ next week.
How did this project come about for you, was it an idea Martin McDonagh told you about when you were making ‘In Bruges’?
Colin Farrell: Yeah. When we were shooting ‘In Bruges’ Martin alluded to this script ‘Seven Psychopaths’ by letting me know that ‘In Bruges’ was actually a rehearsal to see if he liked shooting movies, that he had a real script that he wanted to shoot – which was much better than ‘In Bruges,’ and that was this one. So before I even read ‘Seven Psychopaths’ I was….he’s just a brilliant writer, lets just call a spade a spade (laughs). It being the second film I’ve done with him, there’s definitely a shorthand, which is nice to experience.
What was your reaction when you first actually read the ‘Seven Psychopaths’ script?
Colin Farrell: With the ’Seven Psychopaths’ script, every now and then you read something and it just jumps of the page, and ’Seven Psychopaths’ does that….and then it slaps you across the face, it gets you by the back of the head and slams you into a table, then it gives you a kick in the arse – it really takes you on a wonderful ride (laughs). I was delighted to be working with Martin again. I loved the script for ‘Seven Psychopaths.’
I think people are going to really enjoy the dynamic between your two best friends in the film, Marty and Billy. How would you describe their relationship?
Sam Rockwell: Marty and Billy have a relationship similar to Chazz Palminteri and Sean Penn in ‘Hurleyburley,’ or Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro in ‘Mean Streets,’ or Eric Roberts and Mickey Rourke in ‘The Pope of Greenwich Village.’ It’s a similar kind of relationship, you know? There’s a co-dependency there that is odd, but there’s a lot of love there from these two guys. A lot of forgiveness but also a lot of frustration. and anger too (laughs).
You can tell that your character Billy really cares for Marty….
Sam Rockwell: Yeah, Billy’s giving him a hard time because Marty’s not fulfilling his potential as a writer. With Marty the alcohol is getting in the way of that. Like you said, Billy really cares for Marty and wants the best for him, and Billy thinks that Marty’s a genius and he wants him to be all that he can be.
Colin, how did you look at your character Marty?
Colin Farrell: Marty’s having a little bit of a difficulty because he’s already found the title and he’s fallen in love with the title ’Seven Psychopaths,’ but he hasn’t come up with any of the psychopaths. And he wants the story to be about peace and love, but its still gotta be about ’Sven Psychopaths,’ so he’s in the midst of that quandary. He has his friend Billy, I don’t think he has any other friends, and he has a girlfriend called Kaya, and I don’t think he has any other girlfriends (laughs). Marty drinks a little bit too much for his own good.
I honestly thought the acting and comedy was fantastic in this film. How much improv was there on ‘Seven Psychopaths’?
Sam Rockwell: Thank you. On ’Seven Psychopaths’ we pretty much sticked to the script. There was a little bit of improv, and I think Martin McDonagh wanted a little bit more improv in this film than he did in ‘In Bruges’ for some reason. He wanted a style that was a little bit more messier, I think.
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