Interview: 'Seven Pychopaths' Writer & Director Martin McDonagh
by Ben Pearson
October 10, 2012
If you're a fan of crazy violence, dark humor, and smart storytelling, Seven Psychopaths will scratch all of those itches when it comes out on October 12th this week. I had the chance to sit down with Oscar-winning writer/director Martin McDonagh (who was also the mastermind behind 2008's hit In Bruges, a fantastic film you should definitely seek out) to discuss his newest film, which stars Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, and more. We talk about the differences between writing for the big screen and the stage, the city of Los Angeles as a character, balancing comedy with violence, and much more. Check it out!
Before you watch the video, let me give you a tiny bit of context. At one point, I ask Martin if winning the Oscar allowed him any additional freedom from the studios he's worked with, and unless you're a diehard fan of his, you probably won't know what I'm referring to. McDonagh's debut short film Six Shooter won the Academy Award for Live Action Short Film in 2006, which led to his deal with Focus Features for In Bruges two years later. McDonagh also mentions at one point that Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell "did the play," and he is referring to A Behanding in Spokane, a 2010 play which he wrote that starred Walken, Rockwell, Anthony Mackie and Zoe Kazan. So now that you're all caught up, fire up this interview below.
Here's my full video interview with Martin McDonagh, writer & director of Seven Psychopaths:
Martin McDonagh (of In Bruges and Six Shooter previously) wrote and directed Seven Psychopaths which reunites him with actor Colin Farrell who plays a screenwriter struggling for inspiration for his script, which just so happens to be called Seven Psychopaths, who gets drawn into the dog kidnapping schemes of his oddball friends (played by Sam Rockwell & Christopher Walken). But things take a turn for the worse when a gangster's (Woody Harrelson) favorite Shih Tzu goes missing. CBS Films will release Seven Psychopaths in theaters in just a few days, starting on October 12th this weekend. Check out the red-band trailer if you haven't seen it yet, and let us know what you think about the Martin McDonagh interview in the comments.