Irish Eye on Hollywood:
McDonagh and McDormand Head to Missouri

Frances McDormand.
Frances McDormand.

By Tom Deignan, Contributor
August / September 2016

For two decades now, playwright Martin McDonagh has been dazzling theater and movie audiences with Irish plays like The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Cripple of Inishmaan. More recently, he has written and directed critically acclaimed movies (with Irish as well as non-Irish characters) such as 2008’s In Bruges and 2012’s Seven Psychopaths. Back in the spring, McDonagh’s latest star-studded effort (with yet another odd title) began filming. Entitled Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, McDonagh’s latest film stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell. In the film, McDormand (best known for the film Fargo) portrays a mother who fights a war against the police in her town after her daughter is murdered. Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, and John Hawkes have also signed on to the cast. The title of McDonagh’s film refers to billboards McDormand’s character rents to send a message. Judging by the bloodshed in McDonagh’s past films, the billboards must have quite a few choice words on them. ♦

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