Barry Keoghan is about as far from boring as it gets. Whether he’s in The Killing of a Sacred Deer or his cameo as The Joker in The Batman, Keoghan is someone you can’t take your eyes off of. In The Banshees of Inisherin, he’s perfectly deployed in a supporting role that tugs at your heart, while also making you laugh. So, when I had the chance to hop on Zoom with Keoghan to talk about the movie, it was a no-brainer. You can enjoy this conversation now, kicking off the first phase of our interview coverage for the film. You can look out for Martin McDonagh tomorrow, as well as Kerry Condon and Ben Davis next week!
Below, you can see my chat with Keoghan. I was still mourning the Mets, so we briefly talked about that, before diving into his collaboration with McDonagh. It’s a shorter conversation, but it’s a good one. Keoghan is excellent in the film, helping to anchor one of the best casts of the year. You’ll find out in a few days when The Banshees of Inisherin opens, but for now, Keoghan and I can whet your appetite…
This is some of what I said about The Banshees of Inisherin back at TIFF:
Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are at the tops of their respective games, clearly enjoying their time with McDonagh. It may be a feel bad movie, but they’re both relishing the juicy roles. Farrell is thrilled to be playing a goodhearted dolt, while Gleeson has made quiet sadness his calling card. Both are at their best. Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan deliver the sort of essential supporting roles that the Academy too often ignores, but they certainly shouldn’t.
Here now is my interview with The Banshees of Inisherin co-star Barry Keoghan. Enjoy:
The Banshees of Inisherin hits theaters this weekend!