Brendan Gleeson says he and Colin Farrell 'clicked right back into it' in The Banshees of Inisherin

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14 Oct 2022, 07:35

Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell

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Over a decade after they shared the screen in In Bruges, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are back playing friends-to-enemies in The Banshees of Inisherin. 

The dark comedy also reunites the duo with In Bruges director Martin McDonagh, in his first feature film set in Ireland. 

Banshees is set in 1923 on the fictional island of Inisherin, where life-long friends Padraic (Farrell) and Colm (Gleeson) end up on different sides of the Civil War ravaging the country.

For both Irish actors, learning Martin wanted to reunite them on the big screen was an “automatic yes”, and it didn’t take too long from the friends to get back into working together. 

While on the red carpet at the London Film Festival UK premiere of Banshees of Inisherin last night (Thursday 13th October), asked Colin and Brendan if they felt as if any time had passed since they last shared the screen together 14 years ago in 2008’s In Bruges.

“We clicked right back into it,” Brendan explained. “But the setting was different. Bruges was very obviously a character in what we did over there, and the west of Ireland, the Ireland community and the topography. I mean, it just blows through your head in a different way. So that was immediately… the context was slightly different and that was it really.”

Filming for Banshees took place in Inishmore, an island off the West coast of Ireland with a population of around 800, and working in such a remote and rural part of the country was an almost meditative experience for both Brendan and Colin. 

“I'm good at staring into space to pass time” Colin said in response to what the cast did on their downtime.

He added: “There was so much beauty around us at all times anyway. It was gorgeous. The way the wind had kicked off over the island in the evening sometimes as well. And it was just beautiful.”

Brendan agreed, adding: “[I] felt the kind of solace and the kind of challenge that was out there [in Inishmore]. I didn't want to do anything else except look at it and just be involved with it. So yeah, no, we weren't bored.”

Banshees also stars Barry Keoghan and Kerry Condon, who band together to try and help the once best friends come back together, but their efforts only strengthens Colm’s resolve…until a threatening ultimatum comes into play. 

The Banshees of Inisherin lands in UK cinemas on 21st October.