Thursday, April 8, 2010

Interview with Dan Ireland

The Sunbreak | 4.8.10
Of Passionada, Porn, Plowright, and Palfrey: An Interview with Dan Ireland, Part 2
By Tony Kay

A few days after interviewing director Dan Ireland (see Part One here), I attend the SIFF Twelve-Hour Marathon on March 21. The director's in attendance to introduce the screening of his beloved debut, The Whole Wide World. I introduce myself, and sure enough, in person he's as gregarious, focused, and cheerful as he was on the phone. He thanks me profusely for the interview, and enthuses about introducing the night's final film, Trouble in Mind.

....In Part Two of his interview with the SunBreak, Ireland speaks in detail about the rest of his body of work, about the pleasures and pains of being a truly independent moviemaker, and about the role his mother played in forming his passion for cinema.

I wanted to ask you about the development of The Velocity of Gary...was that another situation where D'Onofrio had a lot of input?

Well, Gary was the script that I read that I thought, "This is probably going to end my career [laughs], but I have to do it!" And it was one of those scripts that you can't say no to. And I literally fought, every single breath of the way to get that movie made. And it was probably the wrong movie to make at the time, in retrospect...originally Viggo Mortensen was supposed to play that character...

Valentino [the bisexual porn star played by D'Onofrio in the film]...

Yeah, it would've been an interesting choice, because it would've given [Valentino's character] the beauty, the youth. He was more right for the role than Vincent was, in a lot of ways. But Vincent is such an amazing actor, that when Viggo dropped out, I told Vincent about it, and Vincent said, "Let me read the script," so he did. And he phoned me up and said, "I want to do this." And what do you say to someone who's your mentor? I was like, "Okay, absolutely." The rest of it was an amazing struggle all the way.
Full interview

Thanks Linda!

1 comment:

SnarkAngel said...

Vincent was, of course, excellent in this role, and I can't imagine anyone else doing it. I think Dan was lucky to get him.

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List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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