The most exciting news of my week so far, Cannes be damned, is the announcement of Martin McDonagh’s return to film. “Seven Psychopaths” will star McDonagh veteran Colin Farrell (“In Bruges”) along with Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken, who both appeared in the director’s recent Broadway play “A Behanding in Spokane.” Mickey Rourke will also join the cast. Assuming that these guys all count as psychopaths, that adds up to four. Who should fill those remaining three spots? I think it’s pretty safe to bet on the return of Brendan Gleeson, star of both “In Bruges” and the Oscar-winning short “Six Shooter.” That’d be a good thing, too. There’s no one with a better grasp on McDonagh’s dialogue and spirit than Gleeson, who has also worked with the director’s brother in this year’s “The Guard.”
That leaves two last psychopaths, for which I’ve got a few suggestions. “Six Shooter” is really a two-man show, and Rúaidhrí Conroy’s appropriately insane performance sticks with you well after you’ve seen the film (which I featured in a McDonagh-dedicated St. Patrick’s Day post). The actor delivers his lines with a hilariously unsettling twitch that leaves you amused and nervous at precisely the same moment. His performance hits the mark exactly, embodying the most unhinged aspects of McDonagh’s writing. He has also worked with the director on the stage, playing the title role in a production of “The Cripple of Inishmaan” in London. It’s about time that McDonagh casts him again. Watch the short again, after the jump:
I’d also be excited to see Željko Ivanek involved, after his hilarious turn as the angry Canadian in “In Bruges.” He also starred in the Broadway run of McDonagh’s “The Pillowman,” perhaps the most disturbing thing in McDonagh’s whole body of work. I’d also like to perhaps see a few women take on bigger roles in the new film, and I have a suspicion that Cate Blanchett and Imelda Staunton would both make wonderfully hilarious psychopaths.
At this point I’m so excited by the simple fact that McDonagh is making another movie, and with Colin Farrell, that he could cast stray cats as the remaining psychopaths and I would still be ecstatic. But that’s not how movies are made, so any other casting suggestions?