Monday 27 February 2017

Usual suspects head for docks to see Spacey film

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Actor and star of the film Kevin Spacey
Actor and star of the film Kevin Spacey
Model Aoife Cogan with boyfriend and rugby star Gordon D'Arcy at 'The Usual Suspects' screening at the Jameson Cult Film Club
A still from the movie

AN abandoned warehouse down on the docks is not the most obvious setting for a glitzy screening attended by an A-list Hollywood star.

But it makes perfect sense when the movie in question is 'The Usual Suspects', the 1995 cult film in which much of the drama takes place in a disused lot.

At the heart of the film had been the question, "Who is Keyser Soze?", the mastermind criminal mentioned throughout the film.

But last night everybody seemed to know it was Kevin Spacey, the film's star and the guest of honour at the Jameson Cult Film Club event, which took place in a warehouse situated between the Convention Centre and the O2 in Dublin's Docklands.

Not that Spacey, jetting into Dublin from his day job as artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in London, minded in the least as he rubbed shoulders with more than 500 film fans gathered to celebrate one of his best-known films.

"People like watching these movies over and over again because they get something more out of it each time," he told the Irish Independent.

Memories

"I'm very proud of this film because it's standing the test of time, which we hope all movies can do.

"But what's really clever about what Jameson has done is to make it almost interactive with some of the things they have going on tonight."

The 52-year-old said the trip to Dublin had brought back memories of another film, director Thaddeus O'Sullivan's feature 'Ordinary Decent Criminal' in which Spacey played a character roughly based on criminal Martin Cahill.

"I had a grand time when I was here. It was a great story. It was a chance to work with a lot talented people.

"I have lots good memories," he added.

Among the cast working with the Californian on that movie was actor Paul Ronan, who was at last night's screening with his daughter, actress Saoirse Ronan.

The 16-year-old was seeing the film for the first time.

"I'm such a fan of Kevin Spacey and its nice there's a connection because dad worked with him on 'Ordinary Decent Criminal'," she said.

"I can't think of a better place to see 'The Usual Suspects'.

"This warehouse is amazing. They should keep it as a cinema because I think it would do great business."

Last night's event was just one of many around the capital as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

Irish Independent

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