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Pa­trick Ste­wart turns nasty in Green room

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Jeremy Saulnier clearly likes his colours. af­ter all, his last movie was called Blue Ruin, and he’s con­tin­u­ing that theme with the nail-bit­ing thriller, Green Room. But the key colour here isn’t green, or blue. it’s red. Blood red.

“i like hy­brid gen­res,” says Saulnier. “look at Robocop — it’s a sci-fi ac­tion movie but the gore is full-on. i love that kind of aes­thetic — and Green Room is my op­por­tu­nity to go full gore.”

The movie fol­lows a punk band called The ain’t rights, who wit­ness ev­i­dence of a mur­der af­ter un­wit­tingly be­ing booked to play for an au­di­ence of neo-nazi skin­heads in Ore­gon. locked in the back­stage area — the green room of the ti­tle — the band wait for the cops to ar­rive, un­aware that the neo-nazis have other plans. Plans that in­volve the wrong kind of fret­ting, shred­ding and axes.

Saulnier, a former skate punk, has nur­tured the story for years, and was even in­spired by his own ex­pe­ri­ences. “although the film goes to a much darker place, i have been in some scary sit­u­a­tions,” he says. “Back in the ’90s there were a lot more nazi skin­heads walk­ing the streets.” af­ter Blue Ruin put him on the map, he con­sid­ered of­fers to do “some­thing big­ger and classier, but i thought, ‘Hell no, i’ve gotta do this!’ i was rac­ing against time be­fore some­one else had the same idea and made the wa­tered-down Hol­ly­wood ver­sion.”

That ver­sion would prob­a­bly cast a known tough guy to play the neo-nazis’ leader, Darcy. Saulnier plumped for Sir Pa­trick Ste­wart, a mil­lion miles from the en­ter­prise or the X-mansion. “The film i com­pare it to is John Boor­man’s De­liv­er­ance,” Ste­wart says. “Well, maybe the band are not quite as so­phis­ti­cated as the peo­ple in De­liv­er­ance…”

Green room is out on May 13.

Above: Pa­trick Ste­wart’s Darcy and his boys would like a word. Left: Imo­gen Poots as Am­ber. Be­low: An­ton Yelchin as Pat.

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