On Sunday, Colin Farrell, the star of Steve McQueen’s latest movie, explained why he and the director chose to include the use of the “N-word,” in their film together.
Farrell said to a reporter, in an incredibly pretentious manner, “it’s the weakness sometimes of what people who claim to be strong, perceive as weakness, are where the seeds of change live.”
In the movie, Farrell’s character, Tom Mulligan, has a verbal argument with his father, Jack, who’s played by the legendary performer, Robert Duvall. The movie, according to Colin is all about exposing the weaknesses and learning how to get past it.
As you may know, McQueen has had a few very successful films in the past few years, including 12 Years A Slave, which featured an ensemble cast including Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Viola Davis.
Steve, when speaking about the authenticity of the movie, said, “we’re no fools.” During the Toronto International Film Festival conference, the director said art is about reflecting reality, and offensive words are a part of that reality.
“That’s what art is all about,” the director remarked. In Steven’s new movie, four women get together to repay the debt left by their dead husbands who committed many crimes.
Viola explained that McQueen’s thriller is important, for the way in which it shows how the women develop and ultimately change. According to Davis, it’s easy to pretend you’re a good person when your current circumstances are safe and non-threatening.
Davis added that people only change when they’re dragged through it, “kicking and screaming.” As cinephiles know, Steve’s last film, 12 Years A Slave, won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture, so movie buffs can only expect his next production to break yet more ground.