Fall is here and things are hopping! Gabriel Byrne was a very busy man in October: continuing his work on the film Louder Than Bombs, co-chairing the annual Spirit of Ireland Gala, and attending film premieres in New York City. Here’s the latest from the man we love to love.
Irish Arts Center Spirit of Ireland Gala 2014
The 2014 Gala honored Irish trad music legend Martin Hayes and longtime IAC supporter Bob McCann and took place on October 10. The evening featured a special performance from Sting. The Facebook album has 105 photos from the event; here are a few:
More photos from the event are in the Gallery.
Many thanks to the Irish Arts Center for sharing these great pics with everyone!
Louder Than Bombs
I suppose it was only a matter of time. The filming of Louder Than Bombs has been relatively smooth, but a few feathers were ruffled recently.
On October 22, The Gothamist reported:
Tomorrow morning Louder Than Bombs (the movie, not The Smiths compilation album) will be filming in Red Hook, but the transformation for the scenes is happening right now…
We’re told tomorrow’s scene will feature Eisenberg, who plays the photographer’s son, and a crew member on set confirmed that this section of Red Hook—Van Dyke between Ferris and Conover—is being made to look like Gaza.
Read the comments to prepare yourself for the next news tidbit!
Not long after that report, Animal New York observed:
A scene set up on Thursday for Louder Than Bombs called for female actors wearing headscarves — presumably Palestinian Muslims — who were instructed to scream and run past a wall plastered in graffiti, the Palestinian flag, and Palestinian propaganda. But the writing on the latter set of posters doesn’t make sense.
Unlike English script, in Arabic, letters are connected to form a word. In the posters on the set of Louder Than Bombs, these connections are missing, making the Arabic look like a WingDings font rather than words. ANIMAL’s photographer Aymann Ismail was on the scene and noted, “It’s Arabic, but it looks like they didn’t do any homework.”
I responded in the comments:
We have no idea what any of this will actually look like in the completed film or if, indeed, it will even be part of the completed film. And, if the camera focuses on the actors, the background may not even register. Still, it would be nice if absolutely everything on every film was done perfectly every time. Joachim Trier has made wonderful films in the past… wink
On a lighter note, Isabelle Huppert is in the news, too. According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Isabelle Huppert will serve as President of the Jury of the 14th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival. The French actress is not only one of the most in-demand actresses for global auteurs, but she also has a fair amount of jury experience, last presiding over the Cannes Film Festival in 2009.
Huppert has worked with most of France’s top directors including Olivier Assayas, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Doillon, Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Ozon, Maurice Pialat and Benoit Jacquot. She’s a regular at Cannes, where she’s taken home two best actress awards, for Chabrol’s Violette and Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher.
She has also collaborated with many Asian directors including Rithy Panh, Brillante Mendoza and Hong Sangsoo. She will appear in the upcoming films The Valley of Love by Guillaume Nicloux with Gerard Depardieu, and Joachim Trier’s Louder Than Bombs with Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Ryan, and Gabriel Byrne.
Impressive! We are so lucky she is a part of this new film. Anyone want to join me on the Marrakech Express?
On a heartfelt note, Devin Druid, who plays Gabriel’s son in the film, tweeted:
This man was a mentor/friend. I’m honored to have worked alongside him. He was a great “dad” & he taught me so much! pic.twitter.com/o9UXbhRuRS
— Devin Druid (@DevinMDruid) October 20, 2014
And on an almost giddy note, :
So, the film has officially wrapped! Let the post-production begin! smile
Sarah Waxman over at The Wrap interviewed producer Mike Medavoy about his latest passion project:
SW: So why are we talking today? MM: Today is the anniversary of these men coming out of the depths of the world. A rock the size of the Empire State Building fell on them… We showed the movie in Orange County. It got a 92 in the top two (recommendation) boxes, with an 80% recommend. It played to all audiences. — MM:At the end of this movie, I cried. I actually cried because I knew I’d pulled it off. The only other time that happened to me was on “Philadelphia,” when I knew I’d done something good. And on “Cuckoo’s Nest,” first big movie I was involved with. SW:So what is your plan for distribution. Do you want a big studio to distribute this movie? MM: I’d love it. These movies do well if they’re good. I’m pretty sure I made a great movie. This time, I’ve seen the movie, I know what we’ve got. It’s one of those movies like “Black Swan,” that can do $300 million, I really believe that. Lots of things can happen.
Lou Diamond Phillips tweeted a reminder that the film will be out in 2015:
Orchard House Documentary
As you may have heard (from me and many others on Twitter and elsewhere), a Kickstarter campaign to support the making of a documentary about Orchard House, the home of Louisa May Alcott, got underway at the end of September. Yes, that amazing house from Little Women is real!
And I am tickled pink to announce that the project was successfully funded!
In the very first update provided by the documentary makers, dated September 24, they acknowledge early supporters and quote Gabriel Byrne:
We’ve also been thankful to receive lots of exciting and meaningful feedback about the meaning of Orchard House from people all over the globe. One of our favorite bits was sent to us from Gabriel Byrne who played Professor Bhaer in the 1994 Hollywood adaptation of Little Women.
“I read “Little Women” when I was 10 years old and was transported to a world of yearning and adventure and love…Those girls and that place where they lived gave my young imagination wings. A novel belongs to you in a way that is personal and private… but when I came to act in the film I realised that the story belongs not just to me but to us all…All those years later I stood, where Louisa imagined a landscape rooted in her own subjective reality, but which exists in a place which is universal timeless and belongs to us all…I felt like some pilgrim from older times come to pay reverence to that inspiration or creative energy which is made real by ones own connection with place.” Please join us in this amazing new chapter of Orchard House’s legacy. Help fund the first documentary about this beloved place today.”
I am trying to understand why I think this news tidbit should come immediately after the report on Orchard House. I think it is because I can hear Katharine Hepburn, as Jo March in the 1935 Hollywood adaptation of Little Women, stomping around Orchard House shouting at the top of her lungs “Christopher Columbus!” Hepburn made a great Jo.
At any rate, an enterprising fan has put the entire 1985 mini-series Christopher Columbus, starring our man in the title role, on YouTube!
Here is the first episode. The others are on the Films on the Web page here at Byrneholics. Enjoy!
Premiere of Low Down in NYC
Mr. Byrne attended the premiere of the new film Low Down on October 21.
ByrnePerfection tweeted it first and provided the pictures above–and we say THANKS!
Examiner.com covered the premiere and interviewed the film’s director, Jeff Preiss.
It is always fun to discover what Gabriel is reading and watching. Run now and put this on your To-Watch List!
Occasionally I stumble upon the creator of a Gabriel picture whose identity has eluded me all these years.
Hugh Hamilton is the photographer responsible for this intriguing image of Mr. Byrne. I am glad to cross this one off my list of mysteries.
And speaking of portraits, here is someone who really knows how to capture a famous face.
Moviepilot has a great article, with tons of example pictures, about Dublin artist Barry Finnegan:
Barry Finnegan is a photorealistic artist from Dublin, Ireland. He has been drawing incredible charcoal movie stills for years and has become very well known for his incredible work worldwide.
Each piece of art takes between 10 -16 hours to complete, over the course of a few days. Barry’s work ranges from DC comic superheroes and villains to historic figures to action movie stills and more!
Here is Barry. via timelapse, creating an homage to the late Robin Williams:
I have a feeling he may someday create a portrait of Mr. Byrne. Yep. Maybe. We shall see. In the meantime, check him out. He is astonishing!
To help you get into the proper macabre mood for the season, here is Gabriel reading Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death. Grab your favorite libation, turn down the lights, and be prepared to be scared!
You made it to the end of another Byrne-ing News! Your reward is a video of my Ireland/England/Scotland trip pictures, complete with Irish trad music by Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. It is about 5 minutes long and should provide a counter-balance to the thrills and chills of Mr. Poe above. And in case you do not know, my name in real life is Leah. Enjoy!
Happy Hallowe’en and BOO!