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Thursday, December 15, 2022

What's Going On?

What in the world is going on in this photo Joe Telles snapped for Deadline to accompany Joe Utichi’s piece about the writer/director and co-stars (from left to right, Colin Farrell, Martin McDonagh, Brendan Gleeson) of “The Banshees of Inisherin?”

A.) Did Telles say “Cheese!” and prompt Gleeson to take the direction a bit too enthusiastically, McDonagh to contrarily refute it, and Farrell to half-heartedly obey (“I don’t really feel like smiling”) in a way to which I can totally relate?

B.) Is this each man summarizing his attitude toward the movie promotional process? Gleeson mocking it? McDonagh denouncing it? Farrell remaining neutral because, hey, he’s in the thick of the Best Actor Oscar race here and can’t afford to rock the boat?

C.) Has Gleeson just cut wind? Is McDonagh reacting to it? Are we capturing Farrell the split-second before he realizes it? Does the second photo in the roll feature Farrell scrunching up his nose and screaming “Feck!?” 

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