Rockwell, who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of police officer Peter Dixon in McDonagh’s Three Billboards, previously worked with the London-Irish filmmaker on 2012’s Seven Psychopaths, and starred in a 2010 production of his play A Behanding in Spokane on Broadway.
Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment, Rockwell said he doesn’t think he could ever say no to working with the In Bruges filmmaker.
“I don’t think I could say no to Martin, it would have to be pretty… I would have to be eaten alive by rats, and even then I might do it,” Rockwell said.
“It would have to be pretty bad for me to turn down a Martin McDonagh movie. Don’t tell Martin that because then he’ll make up a story of me being eaten by rats, knowing Martin.”
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Rockwell also likened receiving one of McDonagh’s scripts to “opening a Christmas present” as on every page “there’s something incredible happening.”
McDonagh, who frequently works with the same actors like Colin Farrell and Woody Harrelson again and again, said there is a “joy in working with friends.”
“They’re all really nice, most of them like a drink and they’re just brilliant, they’re the best actors of their generation really,” McDonagh told RTÉ Entertainment.
“But the reason you keep going back to them as well as that they’re nice people; it’s great to go to work knowing that everyone’s going to do a good job but you’re going to have fun too… There’s a joy in working with friends.”
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