In our recent webchat with actor Colin Farrell (watch above), he describes his reaction to reading the script for “The Lobster” as one of “blanket confusion.” But at the same time he knew that he wanted to be a part of it. He had seen Yorgos Lanthimos’s earlier film — 2010 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film “Dogtooth” — and all he could think afterwards was, “Who in God’s name made this?”
Working with Lanthimos ended up being a very rewarding experience for Farrell, who describes the filmmaker as “someone who’s creating his own cinematic language.” He also says the bizarre tone of the film and characters was something the actors came to on their own, though sometimes they needed a nudge: Farrell recounts how one actor performed their scene in a more realistic manner, which prompted Lanthimos to call out, “Stop trying to be so naturalistic! Just say the lines!” Ultimately, in embracing the movie’s straightforward and monotone style, “The absurdity became the reality.”
Suffice it to say that making a movie like “The Lobster” is very different from a big-budget blockbuster like the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” But Farrell explains that since his character didn’t have as much interaction with the CGI beasts, his approach to the performance was not actually that different, apart from a few bells and whistles. “My trailer on ‘Fantastic Beasts’ was bigger than my trailer on ‘The Lobster’ — actually I didn’t have a trailer on ‘The Lobster,'” he explains. “but at its core … it’s kind of the same.”
Watch the interview above to see Farrell discuss other things such as how he has mixed choosing big-budget movies along with smaller independent features and what kind of animal he would want to be transformed into if he lived in the world of “The Lobster.”
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