In Bruges brought Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson together – The Hollywood Reporter

Inisherin’s Bansheeswriter-director Martin McDonagh’s latest film, marking the reunion of himself and main actors Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson: Fifteen years ago, they teamed up to make In Bruges. In that film, Farrell and Gleeson play Irish assassins living in London on the run in Belgium, with opposing views of their plight—unlike bansheesshows the pair playing best friends in 1920s Ireland, who have become estranged.

Because BruggeBritish-Irish McDonagh who began his stage career and won an Academy Award in 2006 for his short film Six-shot gun, cast two Irishmen with Ralph Fiennes as rival assassins. After the film’s premiere at Sundance in 2008, CHEAPHis review praised: “Martin McDonagh in his feature film debut creates a daring combination of Old World charm and modern violence. Chock is full of great lines delivered by an excellent cast, In Bruges … toys with conventions and virtually beyond limits. … Confronting the human type, Gleeson brings sweetness to the role, while Farrell simultaneously manages to be creepy and empathetic.”

Come awards season, In Bruges earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Comedy or Musical, Best Supporting Actor for Gleeson and Best Actor for Farrell, who won the award. McDonagh also received an Oscar nomination for the original screenplay (he will again receive an original screenplay nomination for 2017). Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, as well as a best picture nomination). The second collaboration of the trio could be as good or even better — banshees nominated in the same Globe category, with additional recognition for McDonagh as director and screenwriter.

On screenwriting versus screenplay, McDonagh recently shared at CHEAP‘s Writer Roundtable: “With screenwriting, you can move through time and space, and scenes can be two lines or three pages long? We don’t really do that in the plays. One scene is seven pages long or it’s a long act. Now I find it harder to go back and write plays because I like to dance around.”

leaflet of the original THR review of 'In Bruges'

This story first appeared in the independent January issue of The Hollywood Reporter. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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