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McDonagh on drinking with actors
12 Feb 2016 22:10
The Guard director John Michael McDonagh has opened up about his casting process, saying he only chooses "actors who like a good booze-up" such as his frequent collaborator Brendan Gleeson and Moone Boy star Chris O'Dowd.
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Speaking about his new film War on Everyone, he said he likes to work with actors who enjoy a tipple. "Brendan, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Caleb Landry Jones, Tessa Thompson - they’ll never say no ?to a few pints.
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"I actually cast Alexander [Skarsgard] not because of his great performances in Melancholia, Disconnect or What Maisie Knew but because I saw a YouTube video of him drunk at a Hammarby football match trying to incite the crowd."
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After shooting 2011's The Guard and 2014's Calvary in Ireland, the London-born writer-director moved his latest project War on Everyone to New Mexico. The film stars Michael Pena and Alexander Skarsgard as corrupt cops out to blackmail every criminal they meet.
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Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about shooting in New Meixco, McDonagh said: "Earlier drafts of the screenplay were set in London and then Dublin, but they never felt quite right, either tonally or visually.
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"It was only when I latched on to the New Mexico location that my vision for the movie started to cohere. It’s also nice to wake up in sunlight and not get rained on all the time. Plus, I like burritos."
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War on Everyone will premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, which runs from February 13 to 18.
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