IN BRUGES – Exclusive Sundance Video Interviews

     January 30, 2008

The opening night film of this year’s Sundance Film Festival was “In Bruges.” The movie is about two hit men (Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) who are forced to go to the Belgium city Bruges, to wait for their boss to call and say the coast is clear after performing a hit.

For Brendan’s character, the trip is a welcome vacation as he loves walking up and down the well preserved city, taking in the sights and enjoying the town. But for Colin’s character, the city is like spending time in a prison and all he wants is to do is leave.

Of course, nothing goes exactly as planned, and between weird encounters with locals, tourists, violent medieval art, a dwarf American actor (Jordan Prentice) shooting a European art film, Dutch prostitutes, and a potential romance for Colin in the form of Chloë (Clémence Poésy), things get a bit weird. And that’s “In Bruges.”

Anyway, the film opens in select release on February 8th, so to help promote the movie, I was able to interview writer/director Martin McDonagh as well as the two leads, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.

And if you missed the movie clips that I previously posted, you can watch them here. As always, I listed what we talked about above each interview. Look for more Sundance video interviews either later tonight or tomorrow.

Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson

· When did they find out the film would be the opening night movie

· They talk about working with Martin McDonagh, the director.

· I ask Colin if he’s planning on working with Michael Mann soon

· I ask Brendan if he’s read the last Harry Potter book (he plays Alastor ‘Mad-­Eye’ Moody)

Martin McDonagh

· When did he find out In Bruges would be the opening night film of Sundance

· How did the film come together – from the casting to the script

· Does he write more from personal experiences or from imagination

· He talks about his writing process

· Did he write the characters for any actor in particular

· Any rehearsal process and were there any changes to the script after rehearsals

· Does he have a different process for writing for the stage vs. the screen

· What’s he doing next

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