Evan Birch (Guy Pearce) and Ellen Birch (Minnie Driver) in SPINNING MAN. Photo Credit: Lionsgate Premiere.
Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential, Memento) plays a respected college professor named Evan Birch who has life torn apart in Spinning Man. On the surface Birch is happily married (Minnie Driver is his wife) and is a family man, but his own lusts leads him to off-campus infidelities which should fracture his marriage. After a female student named Joyce (Odeya Rush) goes missing, a gruff detective (Pierce Brosnan) hounds Evan, believing he is the prime suspect.
“We, as human beings, constantly work so hard at maintaining our identity whatever that is and the questions of our identity,” said Pearce. “And sometimes times we feel like we’re a good person and other times we feel like we’re a bad person and those can really blur constantly and so we see that stuff come into the surface for Evan during the course of the film.”
Click on the media bar to hear Guy Pearce talk about the “clever” construct behind Spinning Man and why he didn’t add a backstory to h is character (Pearce mentions director Simon Kaijser in the clip):
Spinning Man hits select theaters and On Demand April 6 via Lionsgate Premiere.
Pierce Brosnan, who delivered an excellent performance last year in The Foreigner, plays a detective who’s investigating the disappearance of a female college student in Spinning Man. Guy Pearce is the respected college professor whose own relationships with his students places him as a primary suspect, with Minnie Driver co-starring as the professor’s understandably suspicious wife. Simon Kaijser directs the thriller.
Getting involved as well as doing the project was a straightforward process for Brosnan. I met with Simon before we started filming and had a lovely lunch,” said Brosnan. “I didn’t have any great deep, meaningful questions for him. (With) the character it was fairly evident what had to be done on the page and consequently when we had to do the scenes we’d rehearse and then shoot. Two, three takes at most.”
Pierce Brosnan elaborates on why he joined Spinning Man, a feature he describe as “extremely well written.”
Spinning Man hits select theaters and On Demand April 6.
Jackie Chan is mainly known stateside for his action comedies, as the Rush Hour franchise, though successful, has placed him in a rather narrow box. Chan’s dramatic abilities are on full display with The Foreigner, a movie about a London restaurant owner (Chan) whose teenage daughter is killed in a terrorist bombing. Directed by Martin Campbell, the gritty filmmaking known for such first rate works as Casino Royale and Edge of Darkness (and unfortunately Green Lantern), the film has received great word of mouth. Pierce Brosnan, who previously worked with Campbell in the James Bond flick GoldenEye, co-stars in the feature.
“He wanted the action to be more serious,” said Chan about his collaboration with Campbell. “It’s not too fancy and it’s more real. It’s not like some other action comedy. It’s heavy and tough action. At the same time I told Martin, ‘yes I’ll do that but not too violent.’ I don’t really like violent things.”
Click on the media bar to hear Jackie Chan explain why he wants audiences to see a different version of his acting style with The Foreigner.
There are several reasons why The Foreigner may be more than just an action film. For one, the pairing of Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan should have been done many years ago, and kudos to The Foreigner for bringing the two together. Another huge reason is it’s directed by Martin Campbell, a filmmaker whose highlights include The Mask of Zorro, GoldenEye (with Brosnan as Bond!), Casino Royale, and the underrated Mel Gibson flick Edge of Darkness.
The story centers on a London based businessman named Quan (Chan) who loses his teenage daughter in a terrorist act. Quan believes a British government official (Brosnan) holds the identities of the criminals, and our hero goes on a bloody mission of vengeance!!
Though few actors can balance comedy and action as well as Chan, it’s great whenever he takes on a purely dramatic role. The trailer suggests there won’t be a ton of Chan one-liners in this one, and Campbell’s work is usually as dark and somber as they come (unless you count the misfire known as Green Lantern). The Foreigner is one movie we’re definitely checking out when it hits theaters on October 13. Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think of the trailer!!
Marc Webb, who directed this year’s Gifted, is behind the camera once again with The Only Living Boy In New York, and this one may reach the creative heights of his best work 500 Days of Summer.
Callum Turner, best known for his work in the first rate thriller Green Roomplays a college grad named Thomas who’s trying to woo his friend (Kiersey Clemons) with a bit of help from a wizened neighbor (Jeff Bridges). His mission gets thrown for a loop after he discovers his dad (Pierce Brosnan) is having an affair with a younger woman (Kate Beckinsale). While attempting to stop this affair from continuing, Thomas further complicates the matter. Cynthia Nixon co-stars as Thomas’ mom who wisely says that “the only way out is through.”
The picture’s moniker comes from the excellent Simon & Garfunkel tune. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think.
The Only Living Boy In New York opens nationwide August 11.