New Detectives poster + 3 new interviews + assorted reviews
28 April 2007 at 03:36 PM | by Lilith
New Detectives poster!
Thanks to Pierspaul, here's another promo poster from Watching the Detectives. This one sports the intriguing tagline "Geek meets girl. Girl ruins geek's life." It also nails the noir look—see how it compares with 1955's The Big Combo.
Smoke and shadows complete the film noir look; see a larger version of the Detectives poster.
Three new interviews: Cillian speaks out on fame, left brain thinking, and his taste for controversy
For your weekend reading pleasure, I've just posted up three fantastic new interviews.
First off is Hot Press. Tara Brady kicks off with the interesting factoid that Ireland's two brightest stars, Cillian Murphy and Colin Farrell, were born just six days apart. Despite sharing star signs, starring roles in Intermission (and possibly At Swim-Two-Birds), and a friendship that made Colin a natural choice to interview Cillian, it's clear that the two have very different approaches to celebrity:
"My criterion is really obvious and boring. Do good work. Challenge myself. That's it. And I'm not a big personality like Colin. But to be honest that suits me a lot better. I'm just not good at the extra-curricular activities. I'm not a red carpet guy. I get a thrill from being in movies like Batman Begins. When you're hanging around set and all of a sudden someone drives up in the Batmobile or you're having a chat with Morgan Freeman or someone like that—that's when I think, 'Oh wow'. I'm less interested in the big premieres and celebrity bashes. To be honest I find them a challenge … And not one I want to overcome."
The challenge that he did want to overcome? To convincingly portray the greatest physicist of his generation in Sunshine:
"You know the way people have a left and a right side to their brain? Well, whichever one you need for science isn't very well developed with me. I gave it up as soon as I could at school. So the challenge for me was grasping the basics. And because it's so abstract and counterintuitive—everything about space and time is—you can only hold on to it fleetingly before it's gone again. You feel useless. It really brought home to me that these guys are the greatest explorers of our generation. They're right there at the borders of what we know and what we don't know. And here I come with my petty needs and my petty world view."
Declan Cashin of the Irish Independent goes so far as to say that Sunshine has "turned Murphy into a bit of a nerd." To hear him gush about the scientists he met, he may have a point:
“[Dr. Brian Cox is] not your stereotypical physicist, which I think is an image that has been manufactured by films of the eccentric elder gentleman with hygiene issues. Someone like Cox, through him being such an accessible individual, makes it kind of sexy."
He also asks Cillian about his participation with Ireland's Rock the Vote campaign, for the first time (that I've seen anyway) loosely linking it to his familial connections to TD John McGuinness. Although living in London now, Cillian says:
"I'm just going to do a little piece for Rock the Vote to try get people motivated ... I think apathy is dangerous nowadays. People feel that politics has no relevance to their lives. But if you feel there isn't any relevance, you have the ability to change it and make it relevant."
And to truly judge how much of a celeb Cillian really is, Cashin asks the question I'm sure we were all just dying to know: Was he at his co-star Katie Holmes' famous Italian wedding to Tom Cruise last year? Cillian's answer should come as no surprise:
Murphy arches an eye-brow and stares at me. "What do you think?" comes the reply.
When it comes to his roles, however, Cillian doesn't mind being in the public eye. In fact, he seems to thrive on it. Talking about The Wind That Shakes the Barley, he tells Ben Arnold of Germany's Zoo Magazine:
"I fucking loved the controversy," says Murphy. "The criticism from the right-wing press was so easily dealt with, and gave Ken [Loach] and Paul (Laverty, the screenwriter) a real forum, and I've never met people more eloquent than those two guys. So it was brilliant to see them take [the critics] on and win so convincingly."
Cillian also talks about his love for the theatre (and jamming with Spinal Tap's David St. Hubbins), what a standing ovation at Cannes feels like, and his disinterest in the cult of celebrity. All three of these articles are definitely worth a read if, like us, you can't get enough Cillian news.
Reviews, old and new
If that's not enough reading to keep you busy for awhile, I've added more movie reviews—several for Barley as well as some oldies but goodies for 28 Days Later… and Breakfast on Pluto. Read them all in our reviews archive.