The Banshees of Inisherin writer-director Martin McDonagh has said that unlike the seismic falling-out in his new film, there was "never even a cross word" when he reunited with his In Bruges stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson for the movie.

Set on an island off the west coast of Ireland in 1923, The Banshees of Inisherin follows lifelong friends Pádraic (Farrell) and Colm (Gleeson), who find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship.

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Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter ahead of the film's world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival on Monday 5 September, McDonagh saluted his friends and leading men, saying he had always wanted to get Farrell and Gleeson back together on the big screen since 2008's In Bruges.

"I've stayed friends with them since then and was always hoping no one else would work with them as a pairing," he said. "It almost happened once and it fell through and I was so happy about that. They always wanted to get together too, so that was the germ of it, this breakup story and those guys."

Martin McDonagh and Colin Farrell during the filming of The Banshees of Inisherin Photo: Fox Searchlight

When asked if they "hit it off again immediately", McDonagh replied that "it's always a joy".

"There was never even a cross word during the eight weeks we made it, which is weird," he recounted.

"I love them, and we get on great. There's no bull**** about us, there's no fame **** about them. They know I'm still a new-ish filmmaker but know I'm good at the things I'm good at - story and character. And they know I care about what they care about."

The Banshees of Inisherin opens in Irish cinemas on Friday 21 October Still: Fox Searchlight

Filmed on Inis Mór and Achill Island, The Banshees of Inisherin is the first film London-born McDonagh has made in Ireland since his Oscar-winning, Brendan Gleeson-starring 2004 short Six Shooter.

"I wanted it to be as beautiful as any Irish film has been, if possible," he said.

Film fans can take it all in when The Banshees of Inisherin opens in Irish cinemas on Friday 21 October.

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