Calvary is in cinemas this week, the second directorial effort for filmmaker John Michael McDonagh. He's the brother of In Bruges helmer Martin McDonagh and the siblings have a constant rivalry about their films.
Now that the brothers have both completed a second film - Martin's Seven Psychopaths released last year - its time for the rivalry to resurface. So naturally we brought it up when chatting to John Michael McDonagh and it's still very much at the front of his mind: "if Calvary does really well, that puts me at number one!"
The writer/director went on to say that Martin had seen an early cut of Calvary and was pretty clear in his opinion on it: "Yea, he saw an early cut and he goes: ‘it’s better than The Guard but it’s not as good as In Bruges.’ But he failed to mention Seven Psychopaths! [laughs] Because it’s just the two of us whenever there are two brothers there’s always going to be a bit of rivalry. And we lived together for a long time… So we have similar sensibilities and read the same books and listen to the same music."
It also seems the rivalry isn't just around making movies: "We got into an argument just last Wednesday at a five-a-side football game that stopped the game for about five minutes with everyone standing around listening to us. So we’re kind of aggressive confrontational personalities anyway, it’s always going to come out. Thankfully, the nature of the rivalry has softened a bit in recent years: "But I think what’s happened since we both had success was that we’re more willing to give advice that’s not based on ego or competition. It’s more based on wanting the film that you’ve just seen an early cut of to be better! So it’s become a more healthy competition."
Read the full interview here.
Calvary is in cinemas from the 11th of April 2014.