EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Director John Michael McDonagh Talks 'Calvary'

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:33
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Opening in select theaters throughout August is the new film Calvary from writer and director John Michael McDonagh (The Guard). The movie stars Brendan Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow), Chris O'Dowd (Thor: The Dark World), Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Aidan Gillen (The Dark Knight Rises), Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), and M. Emmet Walsh (Arthur Newman).  

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with John Michael McDonagh to talk about his work on Calvary. The acclaimed director discussed his new movie, reuniting with Brendan Gleeson after The Guard, why McDonagh likes working with him, how Gleeson is able to raise the bar for the other actors, making a film about a good priest in a bad world, the project's unusual mystery, entertaining and educating an audience at the same time, inspiration he took from Hitchcock's I Confess and the five stages of grieving, who killed Father James' dog, hidden Easter eggs, connections to The Guard, how the two movies live in the same shared cinematic universe, connecting them to a third future film, how Aidan Gillen's Game of Thrones success made McDonagh's first short film more popular, why M. Emmet Walsh wanted to work with him, and the Stanton/Walsh rule. 

To watch our exclusive extended interview with John Michael McDonagh about Calvary, please click on the video player above. 


After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest (Gleeson) must battle the dark forces closing in around him.

Calvary opens in select theaters throughout August. 

To watch our exclusive extended interview with Brendan Gleeson about Calvary, please click here.

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