Seven Psychopaths Director Martin McDonagh Talks Rabbits And Walken, Reflects On In Bruges

By Eric Eisenberg 2012-10-10 17:16:27discussion comments
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In Bruges got such a great critical reception, and thereís tons of huge fans. Iím curious, was there a degree of pressure on you following that up?

No. Iím really lazy anyway, so after Bruges I just kind of went off and traveled. I wrote a play and we did it in New York and thatís where I got to work with Sam and Christopher the first time. I remember saying to Colin, ďItís going to be 3 years at least before the next one.Ē I think he believed me, but his people were thinking ďBut this is a success. Why would you do that?Ē But itís going to be the same after this one, too. Iím just going to travel and write and grow up.

It doesnít feel like four years since the last one. I think itís more so I wonít get burned out. This was an enjoyable experience to do. I canít imagine doing them back to back. Because, pretty much, this has been two solid years working on this, at least a year and a half since I started checking out locations here and finalizing the script. It was exactly a year ago, I think, this month that we started shooting. And the editing has been almost every day since then. So itís not like itís hard work like a coal miner or a nurse or something, but itís concerted work, and I donít like concerted work. Iíve got a script thatís ready to go for the next one. I just know it wonít be for a while, but Iím fine with that.

Will you direct the next one yourself?

Yeah, If I can be bothered [laughs].

Can you see yourself ever directing someone elseís script?

No, no, because it takes so much time I think youíve only got so many stories to tell, I think you should just stick to your own stuff. I feel confident that I can keep coming up with stories.

At the end of the day, what have you personally taken away from this experience?

I think after Bruges I was really happy with how it went, but I did think it was kind of hard work. After this, it felt more fun. We had an awful lot of fun on Bruges too. But I feel like I love working with actors. Like I said before, I couldnít have dreamed working with these kinds of actors. And now I know them and they like how itís turned out, so I know that theyíd be happy to come back and do more stuff with me. So thatís the main thing I think Iíve taken from it.
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