From Angels In The Outfield to Zodiac – Durmot Mulroney is all over the map. Typically appearing in major supporting roles alongside some of the biggest names in the business, Mulroney is finally the leading man in IFC‘s upcoming thriller, Inhale. Playing the father of a child in desperate need of a double lung transplant, Mulroney tackles an impressive range of conflict. We were fortunate enough to sit down with the actor this week to discuss the picture and his upcoming projects.
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The film is centered around organ trafficking, which, unlike the highly publicized issues of sex/drug trafficking, is slightly under the radar. Was there a lot of research involved in your preparing for the role?
Durmot Mulroney: What people actually refer to as “research” now a days is just Googling. It used to be going to the library, archival photos, etc. I Googled it. There are plenty of stories to be found about it, but it’s never been pin-point front page. Nor did anyone set out to really increase awareness. I just think it’s a good place to put a story, a good place for these characters to ride through the danger, moral dilemma, saving the family – you know what I mean? I’m not saying it’s something that shouldn’t be taken seriously. When I read the script, I thought, it’s one thing to try and jump the line on a normal donor process – but this is drastically different. This is murder – harvesting fresh, bloody organs from a body and selling them. So, yes, I looked into it. Found out as much as I could, but focused more on who the man was that I was playing.
So what specifically drew you to the project?
Durmot Mulroney: It’s how the movie ends – or doesn’t end. There was a time when movies were allowed to be more oblique at the ending. So, something as simple as leaving an unanswered question – leave it open or exposed – it’s weird to me that that would be unique. But to me, it’s one of the most attractive things about this movie. And to be frank with you, it makes it hard in this day and age for a company that has less balls than IFC to pick it up and put it out, because they know it’ll put some people off. I support it whole-heartedly. That’s what I liked about it from the beginning. You finish reading the script and you’re like, “Wow, did he really make that decision? What would I have done in that man’s shoes?”What I saw, too, was that each of these characters adds to the uncertainty. Sam Shepard’s character, you think i just this tough as nails prosecutor guy – then he turns out to be not quite what you thought.
You’re working alongside Sam Shepard again – how long have you known each other?
DM: I worked with him in 1986/7? I was 22, he was 42. I played his son. And then about 10 years after that he directed a movie called Silent Tongue that I was in. Really weird, beautiful movie. Then I ran into him again, we did a little theatre thing. Here’s the deal with Sam: He was never very nice, now he’s unbearable. He’s a very intimidating person, not to me, which is why I can speak freely about this. We are actually friends and we’ll see each other every seven years whether we like it or not. But 20 plus years ago when we worked together he was one thing, but he’s grown crotchety over the years. He’s working a lot lately, because I think if he doesn’t he’ll just live by himself in a cabin and write and kick his dog. And he’s been doing incredible work, he was great in Brothers, I thought. Really good, subtle work. And in this I think he’s fantastic.
Is there any specific genre or character type that you’re drawn to? Your choices are generally all over the map.
DM: If that’s a goal, for some actors – I’ll do one of these, four of those – than mine has always been what came to me. I mean, I’ll pursue roles and I’ll either get it or I won’t. My fate is in somebody else’s hands and I accepted that a long time ago. As a younger man I used to think, well one day I’ll get to that point. You’ll achieve some level where you can then pick and choose. Here I am, 25 years later, and I still don’t know what’s next.
You are, though, currently filming something in Alaska.
DM: I’m working currently on this project called Everybody Loves Whales. It’s for Universal. It’s this true story about these whales that got trapped in Barrow, Alaska – it’s a great cast and many different walks of life are drawn to this story. I play the international guard colonel. We’ve got Drew Barrymore, who’s delightful, Kristen Bell is the LA newscaster who comes up and freezes her tits off, John Krasinski… a lot of really good actors. It’s a comedy, it’s heart warming…
Your directorial debut, Love Wedding Marriage is currently in post, correct?
DM: Yes, it was fun. I had a really good time working on it. It’s very difficult. It takes so much to direct but to get a movie going. So the whole pre-production process was eye opening. Usually when I come on they need you in tow weeks and you have one fitting. You see the director, you’re ready to go, and he looks like he’s been through a war. Now I get it. Mandy Moore plays the lead, who’s fantastic. With Kellan Lutz, who’s now just coming into lead parts. And they’re just married and right after that her parents announce that they’re getting divorced. She’s a marriage counselor and gets so caught up trying to save their marriage that it affects hers. Simple. Totally simple movie.
The film also stars Diane Kruger and Sam Shepard and opens in theaters Friday, October 22nd. Check it out!