THE SAP­PHIRES

Ir­ish fun­ny­man Chris O’dowd es­caped the Brides­maids hype by find­ing some soul Down Un­der, he tells

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page - Neala John­son

How a geek in­her­ited the mirth

Q: You’re shoot­ing Cuban Fury in Lon­don with Nick Frost, a movie which sounds ridicu­lous – in a good way.

A: To­tally. If any­thing it’s even more ridicu­lous than you could imag­ine. It’s a salsa danc­ing com­edy. Q: Are you bust­ing any moves? A: I get to bust out my knee, pretty much, on a daily ba­sis. I’m a rel­a­tively young man, but noth­ing makes me feel older than when I dance. Q: How did you end up mak­ing

The Sap­phires in Aus­tralia? A: It hap­pened in the weeks fol­low­ing

Brides­maids ’ re­lease. I was get­ting sent a lot of scripts and this one just jumped out at me be­cause I hadn’t seen that world be­fore. And it seemed to make sense to me, in a very ir­ra­tional way, to get away from all the hul­la­bal­loo and go down to Aus­tralia and make a lit­tle film that I liked. I’ve been sur­prised by how well it’s been re­ceived so far. I pre­sumed it would just be re­leased in Aus­tralia and maybe a lit­tle re­lease in Eng­land, but the fact it’s blown up a bit big­ger than that is very ex­cit­ing. Q: So you’ve un­wit­tingly stepped into an­other high- pro­file film! A: Yeah, how dare they? I thought we made a prom­ise! Q: Did your agents ques­tion your san­ity run­ning off to do a lit­tle Aus­tralian film when you had so much heat? A: I’ve got sup­port­ive peo­ple around me and they trust my in­stincts, but there was a bit of, ‘ I’m sorry, you’re do­ing what?’

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