I’ve been a big proponent of The Mule since I saw it at SXSW. Which is funny to me, since I had to be dragged almost kicking and screaming into seeing it by one of the film’s publicists. Despite my fondness for Leigh Whannell (who co-wrote and has a major part in the film) and Angus Sampson (who co-wrote with Whannell, stars and co-directs), I’m just not that into scatological humor, which is what I thought the film was almost entirely going to consist of.
I was wrong. All of the stomach churning elements you’ve heard about are there, but there’s an incredibly solid movie around them in every way that never pushes the gross-out throttle beyond what the story organically allows. This is an effective crime film that works very well as both a comedy and a drama and you should seek it out. I recently hopped on the phone with Whannell to talk about all of this as well as get an update on Insidious: Chapter 3. Hit the jump for my interview with Leigh Whannell about The Mule. Directed by Sampson and Tony Mahoney the film also stars Hugo Weaving, Ewen Leslie, Geoff Morrell, Georgina Haig, Noni Hazlehurst and John Noble. You can find the film in Theaters, on VOD and on iTunes (link here) now.