Tuesday, September 24, 2013
"Seven Psychopaths": Brits have an odd idea of American modern spaghetti westerns
There are people in Hollywood who write screenplays for a living and actually get calls from agents about their next assignment. The practice reminds me of my own getting calls from a self-publisher trying to get me to mount silly initiatives to mass sell my own books.
In “Seven Psychopaths” (Martin McDonagh) Marty Faranan (Collin Farrell) has to come up with a tight plot for his screenplay by that name, so he needs to meet real psychopaths. He turns to Billiy(Sam Rockwell) who makes a living kidnapping celebrities’ dogs and collecting ransom. Billy’s crime partner is a fake preacher Hans (Christopher Walken). Billy and Hans steal an exotic pet (a Shih Tsu) belonging to a gangster played by Woody Harrelson. In the meantime, Martin has penned a working script based on “The Quaker” (Harry Dean Stanton).
This sets up a comic bloodbath, where body parts roll in spaghetti western style, with modern LA as the backdrop. Curiously the film is produced by a British company (Film 4) along with Alliance Atlantis, and distributed in the US by CBS Films and Sony.
The official site is here.
Martin finally makes his deadline.