Parker Posey got weepy over role in Woody Allen’s ‘Ir­ra­tional Man’

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT - BY VIC­TO­RIA AHEARN TORONTO

Ac­tress Parker Posey earned the nick­name Queen of the Indies with a slew of ec­cen­tric roles in smaller off­beat comedies, in­clud­ing “Wait­ing for Guff­man,” “Dazed and Con­fused” and “Best in Show.”

But these days she’s feel­ing “like a gam­bler” in an in­dus­try that isn’t giv­ing much fi­nanc­ing to the types of films she usu­ally does, she says.

So when she got a role as an un­hap­pily mar­ried pro­fes­sor in writer-di­rec­tor Woody Allen’s new film “Ir­ra­tional Man,” she cried.

“The ca­reer path of an ac­tress, you have to be lucky and that’s why, kind of, I burst into tears over it,” Posey says in a phone in­ter­view from New York.

“I felt like I was in Ve­gas all of a sud­den, you know? I’ve seen movies change over my ca­reer and fewer and fewer auteurs that can still get their movies fi­nanced.

“I have thought of other ca­reer op­tions and have seen some­thing go out of style and it’s some­thing that I thought would last a long time.

“I’ve re­lied on my luck and so I felt re­ally lucky, be­cause then I knew that it would help my ca­reer.”

Out Fri­day in Toronto, Van­cou­ver and Mon­treal, “Ir­ra­tional Man” stars Joaquin Phoenix as a brood­ing phi­los­o­phy pro­fes­sor who has ev­ery­one talk­ing when he ar­rives at a small col­lege on the East Coast.

Emma Stone plays a stu­dent who is en­am­oured with him while Posey plays a mar­ried col­league who yearns for his at­ten­tion.

The three are caught up in a love tri­an­gle that comes to a head when Phoenix’s char­ac­ter com­mits an ex­is­ten­tial act that gives him a re­newed vigour.

Posey says she got the role just af­ter star­ring in the play “The Re­al­is­tic Jone­ses” at Yale Reper­tory Theater in New Haven, Conn.

“I wasn’t a big enough name to be cast in the Broad­way pro­duc­tion and that was in­dica­tive of these times in our cul­ture that would nat­u­rally have me wor­ried, es­pe­cially a lit­tle play,” she says.

“So it was a re­lief and it was an aware­ness that kind of over­came me” when the part in “Ir­ra­tional Man” came about, she adds.

“We’re at the mercy of the cul­ture and the cul­ture now is a lot about self-cre­at­ing your own ma­te­rial, be­cause agen­cies and stu­dios are mak­ing big­ger fran­chise genre films,” says Posey.

“So I’ve been look­ing at other ways to change and evolve with the chang­ing cul­ture and com­ing up with other op­tions. So you just have to stay cre­ative.”

“Ir­ra­tional Man” opens July 31 in Hal­i­fax, Ot­tawa, Win­nipeg, Cal­gary, Ed­mon­ton and Vic­to­ria.

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Joaquin Phoenix as Abe and Parker Posey as Rita in the film “Ir­ra­tional Man”. Out Fri­day in Toronto, Van­cou­ver and Mon­treal, "Ir­ra­tional Man" stars Joaquin Phoenix as a brood­ing phi­los­o­phy pro­fes­sor who has ev­ery­one talk­ing when he ar­rives at a small col­lege on the East Coast. Emma Stone plays a stu­dent who is en­am­oured with him while Posey plays a mar­ried col­league who yearns for his at­ten­tion.

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