Una Mullally

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Lenny Abrahamson talking sense about ‘What Richard Did’ and some ‘Frank’ news.

There’s a great interview in the Guardian by Ryan Gilbey with Lenny Abrahamson (hat tip @shanehegarty) about ‘What Richard Did’. I love the way Abrahamson talks about the complexity of ‘the good guy’ and how much easier it is to …

Fri, Jan 4, 2013, 11:45

   

There’s a great interview in the Guardian by Ryan Gilbey with Lenny Abrahamson (hat tip @shanehegarty) about ‘What Richard Did’. I love the way Abrahamson talks about the complexity of ‘the good guy’ and how much easier it is to tell the story of a ‘misfit’.

‘”Generally speaking, the misfit’s story is easier to tell,” Abrahamson says. “I’ve done it myself – twice. Richard is a good guy, but good guys are complex, too. I was thinking about those boys and the pressure they’re under, their inability to deal with fractures in that perfect sphere of life. It’s the kind of situation we all know, where we disappoint ourselves, and we have to deal with the disjunction between what we would like to be and what we are. I was interested in the narrative of how we nurture our elite in this society: all that stuff about believing in yourself and not accepting second best. Our inner world is at odds with that. What’s fascinating about a boy of Richard’s age is that he still believes his own bullshit. If you meet an adult who believes his own schtick to that extent, you’re talking about someone like Simon Cowell – you know, a monster. But at 18 or 19, it’s naively-held and it can be attractive.”‘

In the article, there are also some details about Abrahamson’s new project, Frank, a drama he’s starting to shoot soon starring Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy and Domhnall Gleeson alongside the just-announced Maggie Gyllenhaal. According to the Hollywood Reporter, production is beginning in New Mexico this week and will then be moving to Ireland later in January.

Peter Straughan, who wrote the screenplays for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Men Who Stare At Goats and How To Lose Friends And Alienate People collaborated with Jon Ronson on the screenplay for Frank. It’s a fictional take on Frank Sidebottom, with, according to the Hollywood Reporter again, splashes of other so-called ‘outsider’ musicians such as Daniel Johnston thrown in. There’s also something about an agoraphobic musician who refuses to emerge from a giant fake head *paging Macnas*.

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