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Q&A with Colin Farrell

Q: Tell us about working with first-time director Michael Mayer.

CF: He has an incredible sense of blocking not like many film directors I’ve worked with have, because obviously with stage its so much about that physical space, but with film, you can cheat physical space because you’re shooting single people and single shots and so on. But he really understood the approximations of the characters at different times and how that told stories without any dialogue. And he was great. Mike’s a great film director/theater director, and at the end of the day, you’re directing people and you’re kind of helping them tap into stuff that you hope, having cast them, exists within them. But you’re just helping them, leading them out of themselves or into themselves.

Q: Tell us about Michael Cunningham’s adaptation.

CF: He’s such a wordsmith. He’s such a beautiful writer. Michael knew each character so implicitly because he spent about five years writing the book, and it was just so beautifully written. Each character was as extreme as they were in the book, even Clare (Robin Wright Penn’s character), was kind of crazy and eccentric as she is at times, was just painted with such a beautifully soft brushstroke. So it was just gorgeous to be part of it.

Q: Talk about what the title means to you.

CF: Well, hopefully you can carry it around with you. I say that because I travel a lot. So it is your heart. It’s wherever you find peace, but peace can be found in turmoil as well. If you get yourself out of the turmoil, peace becomes greater. Obviously for me, it is family, its friends, and they’re all in Dublin. But even though they’re in Dublin, they’re within me, so they’re here in this room and this hotel. So, you know, I suppose what I’m saying is, home is where the heart is.

Q: Is the character of Bobby bisexual or just Asexual?

CF: No, he’s not aware enough of sexuality. He is bisexual, asexual, he’s not sexual, he’s just a lover. If he met a girl that rocked his world he’d be with her, and if he met a boy that rocked his world, he’d be with him. You can call that bisexual, of course, but Bobby wouldn’t even know what it was if you said to him, “you’re bisexual” It’s not in the realms of his thinking, he just exists.

Q: In the movie, your character never wants to be alone, Have you ever felt like that ever in your life?

CF: No there are times when I need some space.

Q: Even before the fame?

CF: No, it’s always been kind of the same, I always enjoyed being on me own. And also I loved company, I loved going out and having a laugh with groups but with the character of Bobby he’s someone who is really not even aware of it as an Achilles or a neediness, but he just doesn’t want to be on his own, ever, because he has stared loneliness in the face, when his whole family died around him.

Q: Colin, you’ve been in a couple of smaller films this year. Are you getting tired of the blockbuster roles?

CF: ‘S.W.A.T.’ was four and a half months long and I had a blast doing it, but I definitely wanted to do something to challenge myself a little bit more. I got a chance to work on ‘Intermission’ and it was being shot in Dublin with a bunch of Irish actors and I was licking my lips at the prospect of it. Whenever ‘Home at the End of the World’ came along, I just loved it when I read it, really adored it. And then I went on to ‘Alexander.’

Q: Would you like to balance your career between movies like ‘Alexander’ and smaller films?

CF: For the first time in my life, I realized that I’m in a fortunate enough position to, by and large, pick and choose my projects. I want to do different things but even if it’s a big movie, I’d better believe in it on some level.

Q: What are your priorities these days as you become more successful? Are you trying to balance your personal life with your career?

CF: Not really, maybe I should be thinking more into the future but I don’t think too far into the future on the risk that I’ll miss the present, you know? And I don’t want to as the present is pretty good. I mean, I’m working hard, I have a beautiful son, and as long as I can be with him and he knows who his Dad always is and I can go to work as well, I’m fine.

Q: How old is he now and has fatherhood changed you?

CF: 10 months. It’s not like a major metamorphosis but the first time you hold your baby in your arms, a sense of the strength of love washes over you. It’s a very strange love and a very beautiful love and a very pure love, unconditional to the extreme. But has it changed me? I don’t know.

Q: What’s your master plan of the kind of roles you want to play?

CF: You know what, I’ve never had a master plan and its done me okay so far, so I’ll just reach it and see what I wanna do.

Q: What do you see when you look at your previous films?

CF: I don’t really look at them, I’m too busy just, I know which ones I liked doing and which ones I didn’t.

Q: What are you working on now?

CF: I start work on a Terrence Malick film. It’s called ‘A New World’. It’s the story of the English settlement in the early 1600s. I play John Smith. Terry wrote the script and it’s beautiful.

Q: What are your impressions of him?

CF: He’s very shy but he’s just an incredible man. He’s very, very shy, but he’s highly intelligent and very gentle with his intelligence. His intelligence has a piece of him that is very childlike, sees beauty and sees details everywhere and that’s strange and just gorgeous.

Q: Have you thought of directing?

CF: Maybe someday, I don’t know, maybe someday. I’m still trying to figure out the acting thing, but maybe.

Q: Are you comfortable living and working in Ireland?

CF: Yeah, it’s my home; it will always be me home.

Q: Do you go back a lot?

CF: I can’t, I mean, I’ve been on the road, I live out of a suitcase for five years. I have a place in Dublin but I’ve been staying in hotels for five years. I miss Dublin very much but it will always be there for me.

Q: You have said in the past that your mother is concerned that you smoke too much and that you drink too much. Is your mother more or less proud of you, these days?

CF: She’s carried the same amount of pride all her life regardless of what I’ve done or what positions I’ve put myself in, she’s that strong.

Q: Have you slowed down any?

CF: I don’t know, if I have a day off then I will have a few beers, but my mother’s very proud of me, she’s always been proud of me, man. She’s a great woman.

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Film & DVD Review: A Home at the End of the World

Director: Michael Mayer
Certificate Rated R (USA) 15 (UK)

Reviewed by Jacqueline

Plot Summary

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours comes a story that chronicles a dozen years in the lives of two best friends who couldn’t be more different. From suburban Cleveland in the 60s, to New York City in the 80s, where they meet an older woman, the film charts a journey of trials, triumphs, loves and losses. Now the question is: can they navigate the unusual triangle they’ve created and hold their friendship together?

Review

Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and screenwriter has triumphed with The End of The World. He has brought to life on the big screen a fascinating character! Bobby Morrow, is brought to life by the actor Colin Farrell. As Colin says, “he is bisexual, asexual, he’s not sexual he’s a lover: “If he met a girl that rocked his world, he’d be with her, and if he met a boy that rocked his world, he’d be with him”.

A can of worms has been opened up with the film focussing on sexuality and its relationships and the boundaries of sexual tension.

You will just have to watch the movie and decide for yourself if Bobby is bisexual, asexual or just plain sexual. Michael Cunningham is probably best known as author and screenwriter of The Hours, starring Nicole Kidman.

Michael Mayer, directs A Home at The End of The World. It is evident that he seems to have been inspired by the script and enjoyed directing the flux of interesting, characters on screen. Perhaps with Mayer spending his own time in New York it was easy for him to connect his real life experiences with those on screen. Mayer says that he “too spent the first 18 years of his life in the suburbs (of Washington, DC) and moved to New York in 1980” He goes on to say that “the beautiful but complicated friendship in the book reminded me of relationships that I have had; and the story of creating a family against all odds spoke to me in a very powerful way. At the time, I remember thinking that it would make a wonderful film”.

Mayers directing throughout the entirety of the film is unique and interesting. My only criticism is that the beginning of the film was a little disappointing, as it was a somewhat unimaginative. It just didn’t grab my attention enough and found it uninspiring to see the 9 year old Bobby Morrow, (Andrew Chalmers), being woken to hear and see his brother Carlton Morrow, (Ryan Donowho), making out in bed with his girlfriend.

However, after the first ten minutes into the film it became apparent that the beginning of the film was the way it was to highlight the very short screen relationship and dynamic between the two brothers – so I suppose the beginning made some sense.

You will enjoy the acting between the young Bobby and his brother Carlton, the script is meaty. Bobby being in awe of his brother, saps everything up like a sponge. One of the most interesting scenes directed by Mayers is where the young Bobby is floating over a graveyard looking down at his brother. His brother seems to have gave him something for ‘clarity of vision’.

The script moves onto another dimension, with an unexpected twist, involving Carlton. I thought that this was extremely clever, as I didn’t see this one coming!

I liked the fact that the script flowed well in par with the directing. Mayer and Cunningham make a great team. It was entirely appropriate that the script jumped ahead a few years with Bobby being a teenager at high school.

Bobby, (Erik Smith), really starts to emerge as he creates his own identity and befriends a schoolmate Jonathan Glover, (Harris Allan). They both explore their sexuality and have fun under the duvet, but at the same time they don’t take themselves seriously. It is funny and also typical that a teenager says “the Stones are coming in March, we’ve got to get tickets” after they had been making out.

As far as relationships go perhaps the most interesting part of the film is when Bobby moves in with the Glovers, and for sure he has a lot on his plate. It is at this point in the film that Colin Farrell takes on the part of Bobby and comes into his own. Having just dealt with the death of his father, exploring homosexual sex with his best friend, he finds that his best friend’s mother Alice Glover, (Sissy Spacek) seems rather fond of him. One of the most interesting scenes (curiously) between the two of them is when she is showing Bobby how to make bread.

The part of Alice, (Sissy Spacek), is an interesting one and Sissy is great in the role. Alice is an interesting character, who perhaps regretted the things she didn’t do in life and tried to make up for it through Bobby.

Sissy is probably best known for her roles in the 1976 movie Carrie. Her other roles have been in Three Women, Missing, The River, Crimes of Heart, The Long Walk Home, and The Bedroom.

As time passes by, when Bobby is in his twenties Bobby he moves to New York to live with Jonathan and his friend Clare, (Robin Wright Penn). From here on in the movie there is a lot of sexual tension and a lot of sex, straight sex, gay sex, and sex just for the sake of sex.

Without giving too much away there is a lot of confusion over who is with who and who loves who, but this is what makes the script and the directing so great, as it examines the boundaries of relationships and sex.

Bobby seems to be the one who keeps people together! It is apparent that people are drawn to him, they are attracted to him as he is sexual and confident. He doesn’t stop to think when he wants to be with male or female company. If he wants a cuddle or a kiss, or sex he just gets on with it and deals with the consequences later.

The movie continues to explore sex and relationships right through to the end of the movie with all three of them being caught up in a love triangle.

As for the ending, I thought it was a bit disappointing, it just didn’t go out with a bang! Perhaps I thought it was just an okay ending, and nothing spectacular and felt it could have been better.

Colin Farrell was just okay in his role as Bobby, nothing to cry out about. His acting in previous movies has been better. Colin’s next movie to watch out for is in Oliver Stone’s epic feature Alexander. For me the main stars of this film was the young Bobby, as a teenager, played by Erik Smith, he was terrific in this part and a star in the making. I thought all of his scenes had an edge to them and his acting was brilliant.

The other star of this movie was Robin Wright Penn, (Clare). She made the part her own and I couldn’t think of any other actress who would have done it any better. Robin really came into her own, bringing to life a kookie older woman who enjoyed the company of men who were sexual. She seemed to accept their homosexual tendencies, but at the same time expected the men in her life to love being with her. Quite amazingly she was not the jealous type, she just loved and expected to be loved back, a lot like Bobby. Robin, as Clare looked really cool and hip, with her trendy, funky clothes and bright red hair with blue streaks, very new age and cool. Watch out for Robin at the Academy Awards and remember who told you so!

Robin will be remembered for her roles in Forrest Gump, Message In A Bottle and The Princess Bride. She will next appear in Deborah Kampmeier’s Virgin.

Overall the movie was interesting because of its excellent script by Michael Cunningham and the brilliant directing of Michael Mayer.

A truly interesting, unique and fascinating film and one that is worthwhile watching!

You will enjoy the music from the likes of Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Yazoo, Patti Smith, Dusty Springfield and Duncan Sheik.

CREDITS

SCREENWRITERS

Michael Cunningham

PRODUCERS

Tom Hulce/Christine Vachon/Katie Roumel/Pamela Koffler/John Wells/John N. Hart Jr/Jeffrey Sharp

CASTING

Director

Michael Mayer

Jim Carnahan Canadian Casting ROBIN D. COOK, C.D.C.

MUSIC

Duncan Sheik

CAST

  • Bobby Morrow (1967), (Andrew Chalmers)
  • Carlton Morrow, (Ryan Donowho)
  • Emily, (Asia Vieira)
  • Bobby Morrow (1974), (Erik Smith)
  • Jonathan Glover (1974), (Harris Allan)
  • Ned Glover, (Matt Frewer)
  • Alice Glover, (Sissy Spacek)
  • Bobby Morrow (1982), (Colin Farrell)
  • Jonathan Glover (1982), (Dallas Roberts)
  • Clare, (Robin Wright Penn)Studio: Warner Bros
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