Tuesday 21 November 2017

Reel Life

Declan Cashin

Lili Taylor is one of Hollywood's most recognisable indie movie stars – and Reel Life was, to quote Gay Byrne, delira and excira to chat to the actress in Toronto last week.

The 46-year-old was in Canada to promote her new Netflix series, Hemlock Grove, but Reel Life was more interested in talking to Taylor about her eclectic back catalogue, covering projects like Say Anything, Short Cuts, I Shot Andy Warhol and Six Feet Under.

One particular personal favourite is the 1991 romantic drama Dogfight, in which Taylor excelled as leading lady to River Phoenix, who died from a drug overdose 20 years ago this October.

"That's a sweet movie," she said in her familiar husky voice. "It's wild. They just did a musical of Dogfight in New York.

"I don't think it worked but it probably could have because there is something about it that holds up."

Are her memories of the movie now bittersweet because Phoenix is no longer around?

"Not really," Taylor replied.

"I haven't seen the movie that much and it's not, like, on my mind a lot. I guess I've just accepted that it's been a while since he passed away.

"In some ways it wasn't that surprising when River passed away. There were sort of some warning signs, unfortunately."

One of her other earliest movies was the romcom Mystic Pizza (1988), opposite a then-unknown Julia Roberts.

"We don't see each other that much – we ran into each other in Paris for Pret-a-Porter (1994)," Taylor said.

"I think doing a movie or play or TV show is such an intense experience, and time is so different that a day is like a month and so much happens that there's a bond that's created.

"So it's shared no matter when you see each other again.

"Julia and I have a bond, especially because we were both 19 when we made Mystic Pizza.

"Even if our lives are different and we haven't seen each other forever, there's a shared thing.

"Of course, if you hated each other during filming that's not going to be there! But most of the time that doesn't happen."

Q Rising Irish star Robert Sheehan (Love/Hate, Misfits and the forthcoming Hollywood-franchise-in-waiting The Mortal Instruments), has offered himself up as a prize to help raise money for the home nursing service DEBRA.

Five women who take part in this year's Women's Mini Marathon will get the chance to go on a date with the handsome young fella (he's 25 so ditch the guilt, girls!).

What you need to do is sign up for the marathon (and pronto – entries will be closing very soon), register with DEBRA Ireland, and raise over €150.

Every lady who has their money lodged with DEBRA by July 19 will be entered into the date draw.

See debraireland.org and florawomensminimarthaon.ie for more information.

Q The musical stage adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho will have its premiere in London later this year.

With a script by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (who is, rather worryingly, a writer on Glee and the troubled Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark Broadway calamity), the production will have music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik (the man behind the acclaimed musical version of the controversial German play Spring Awakening).

The American Psycho musical will open in London's Almeida on December 3.

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