Sunday 24 March 2019

Fassbender behind Leto in the Oscar stakes - director Jim Sheridan

Michael Fassbender and Jared Leto go head to head in the Oscars
Michael Fassbender and Jared Leto go head to head in the Oscars

Laura Butler

He is a six-times Oscar nominee himself, and director Jim Sheridan has admitted he finds it hard not to favour the Irish when casting his vote.

Along with actress Brenda Fricker, Sheridan is one of 6,000 voting members who decide the fortunes of those seeking a coveted golden statue.

The 64-year-old film-maker told the Herald the is hoping to see Michael Fassbender take home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for 12 Years A Slave.

But he is fearful that Jared Leto of Dallas Buyers Club could be the one to bag the prize in LA.

"I hope the Irish involved do win, like Michael and the movie Philomena -- I love Judi Dench, she's a smashing talent -- but they are tough categories," he said.

"Michael's category is particularly hard, and Jared Leto is favourite, so I don't know how that will pan out.

Jim Sheridan at The Irish Premiere of 'Stalker' at Movies at Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland - 26.02.14. Pictures: G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM
Jim Sheridan at The Irish Premiere of 'Stalker' at Movies at Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland - 26.02.14. Pictures: G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM

"I always cast my vote every year. The Academy send you a lot of content to get through and help you decide.

"I like the Irish, that's obviously where my heart goes, but you can't tell anyone what way you vote."

Having attended the bash several times throughout his lengthy career, the My Left Foot director said he can relate to what Kerryman Fassbender will be feeling on the night.

"You don't enjoy the Oscars when you're nominated, you enjoy them when you're not," he said.

"When you're up for an award there's just tension and you're going over and over in your head what you're planning on saying if you win and have to get up there on stage."

Sheridan hopes to get funding to shoot his passion project, Sheriff Street.

It tells the story of his upbringing in inner city Dublin, and he wants to line up 19-year-old Saoirse Ronan as the female lead.

"I always wanted to have Saoirse in it, but casting the father is more difficult because I don't know want age to make him," he said. "My own dad was 42 when the story happened, but you tend to think of fathers as older than that."

Getting financial backing for the independent project is proving tricky.

"I was offered millions from the US before to make it and turned it down at the time. Now it's very hard to get money at all," he said.

(The Herald)

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