colin farrell dumbo interview

Colin Farrell is flying high. Well, maybe not as high as an elephant with giant ears, but pretty close — the Widows actor finally got to collaborate with one of his longtime favorite filmmakers, Tim Burton, for Dumbo, the live-action adaptation of the beloved 1941 animated film about a clumsy elephant that learns he has a special ability that turns him into a circus sensation. It’s the perfect kind of fairy tale adventure that would attract Farrell, who as of late has shown a preference for offbeat mystical dramas both big and small.

“There’s things I read over the years that are somewhat fantastical and supernatural and have kind of a fairy tale element to them,” Farrell said in an interview from the set of Dumbo. “And I genuinely, when I heard [Tim] was doing this, was like ‘Oh god, what a dream gig to do.'”

But Farrell’s got his work cut out for him. The actor is set to play a brand new addition to Dumbo, which in the 1941 version rarely depicted any goodhearted humans. It’s Farrell’s job to play one of the few sympathetic human characters in Dumbo: Holt Farrier, a single father of two who has returned to his life at the circus after years at war have separated him from his family and have left him an amputee. But another burden for the Golden Globe nominee is that he’s the new kid in Tim Burton’s team of all-stars, with Burton regulars Michael Keaton, Danny Devito, and Eva Green rounding out the cast of the live-action fantasy.

“Yeah, it seems like Tim has his own little traveling circus of a kind going,” Farrell said. “And it’s just nice to be part of it.”

In our visit to the set of Dumbo in September 2017, we sat down with Farrell to hear his thoughts on flying elephants, fantasy, and just what he thinks about 10-year-old Tim Burton’s Halloween costume.

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dumbo trailer

Before the buzzy Aladdin and Mulan remakes make their way to theaters, there is Tim Burton‘s Dumbo, the live-action remake of the 1941 animated film that emotionally scarred all of us as children. Despite rocking a star-studded cast including Colin Farrell, Danny Devito, Michael Keaton, and Eva Green, it feels like Dumbo has fallen by the wayside when it comes to the Disney live-action remake train. But the new Dumbo trailer is here to remind you that this movie is coming out, and that we’ll get to see Farrell in at least one upcoming big-budget fantasy movie.

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War Pigs

A new World War II revenge thriller is in the works, and as is seemingly the new normal these days, any time a new war project is announced, Mel Gibson‘s name bounces around the fringes. The actor/director, who was recently nominated for an Oscar for Hacksaw Ridge and is now lining up a new war movie called Destroyer, is joining actor Colin Farrell in the upcoming film War Pigs, which hails from Tommy Wirkola, the director of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. It looks like Gibson’s Hollywood comeback is still in full swing.
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dumbo trailer

When the first strains of the haunting “Baby Mine” float over the first trailer of the live-action Dumbo, you know you’re in for some emotional damage. The animated movie that traumatized you as a kid is now a live-action film, adapted by Gothic connoisseur Tim Burton, no less. But Burton’s Disney adaptation of Dumbo surprisingly reigns back the darkness and gives us a little more of that childhood awe in the Dumbo trailer.

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Widows trailer

Academy Award-winning director Steve McQueen is back with Widows, his first feature film since 2013’s 12 Years A Slave – and he’s lined-up a cast to die for. Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Ervio play the widows of criminals who band together to pull off a heist to pay off their dead husband’s debts. Watch the Widows trailer below.

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Roman J Israel Esq trailer

Denzel Washington and Nightcrawler writer/director Dan Gilroy? Sounds like a dream team behind the new legal drama Roman J. Israel, Esq.

The first trailer for Gilroy’s anticipated follow-up to his acclaimed directorial debut Nightcrawler has dropped, and it has Washington setting the bar for Oscar-buzzy performances as the titular idealistic lawyer who becomes disillusioned with the practice.

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the killing of a sacred deer trailer

It seems that auteur filmmakers are all about pushing audiences to their limits these days. Darren Aronofsky’s mother! is infamously pushing audiences to the point of leaving the theater, and now The Killing of the Sacred Deer presents a disturbing follow-up to director Yorgos Lanthimos‘s bleak The Lobster.

A new trailer highlights the anxiety and dread replete within The Killing of a Sacred Deer, which made waves at the Cannes Film Festival in May and continued to gather buzz at the Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest. But be warned, this trailer seems to say: things are about to get messed up.

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Alan Arkin dumbo

Tim Burton is currently shooting another live-action remake for Disney: Dumbo. Production began almost a month ago with Colin FarrellEva Green, Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton confirmed to star, and now Academy Award winner Alan Arkin (Argo, Litle Miss Sunshine) has joined the impressive cast.

Below, learn more about the Alan Arkin joining the Dumbo cast.

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the killing of a sacred deer trailer

The Lobster was a bit of a shock for everyone who went in expecting an off-kilter black romance — instead director Yorgos Lanthimos served up a disquieting social satire with underpinnings of horror as his first English-language feature.

Now, reuniting with his Lobster star Colin Farrell, Lanthimos is going full psychological horror with his newest film The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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Dumbo

Disney has found a formula for success with live-action remakes of their beloved animated movies and the upcoming remake of Dumbo looks to continue to trend. Director Tim Burton, who started this whole trend in the first place with Alice in Wonderland, is retelling the story of the iconic flying elephant in live-action and we got a first look at the movie from the D23 Expo.

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