With his new thriller Side Effects opening in Irish cinemas this Friday, March 8, Jude Law has been talking to RTÉ TEN about the issues the movie raises regarding depression and its treatment.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Side Effects tells the story of psychiatrist Dr Jonathan Banks (Law) and his new patient, Emily (Rooney Mara).
Law spent time working with psychiatrists in preparation for his role and when asked by RTÉ TEN why he thinks the stigma associated with depression exists more in Ireland and the UK than the US, he replied: "It's an interesting one, isn't it? It's something to do with not sharing one's burden, not talking about one's problems. Whereas in America you'd go, 'I've got to go see my shrink in half-an-hour' or 'What are you taking for this, what are you taking for that?' We would never really discuss that openly here."
You can watch our interview with Jude Law by clicking the link on your left.
Law continued: "I think we're getting better [at talking about problems] and I think there's also a certain cautionary tale to the film about America's relationship with it [depression]. Whereas I'm all for being open about things, it's gotten to the point there where the ad campaigns on TV that sell you 'A better life' or 'The perfect life' are almost waging war on sadness, because there's clinical depression and then there's mood swings or just feeling a bit down.
"There's an over-reliance you could say on the kind of quick fix – the short cut to any ailment through a perfect pill. And I think that is perhaps too extreme a place to get to, as opposed to a rather more reticent relationship with pills.
"But it's an interesting subject... That's at the heart of the film, this relationship. And then on top of that... It's not a preachy film; it's a film full of entertainment and it's a thrill ride."