CHRIS O’DOWD

Los Angeles Times - - PERSONALITY -

The Ir­ish ac­tor, 37, from Miss Pere­grine’s Home for Pe­cu­liar Chil­dren and the Net­flix movie Mas­cots, stars in Get Shorty, pre­mier­ing Aug. 13 on Epix. He plays Miles Daly, a hit­man who tries to be­come a Hol­ly­wood pro­ducer in hopes of leav­ing his crim­i­nal past be­hind. How is this dif­fer­ent from the 1995 movie with John Tra­volta

and Gene Hack­man? It’s the same premise—a bad guy in Hol­ly­wood— but it’s quite dif­fer­ent. It’s prob­a­bly closer in tone to the El­more Leonard book than the movie. It’s a lit­tle darker, a lit­tle grit­tier.

Who is Miles Daly? He’s a bit of mus­cle. He works for this ma­tri­arch who has a casino in the back arse of nowhere. He’s go­ing through a di­vorce from his wife, whom he met when she was a strip­per. He’s also try­ing to win his daugh­ter back, who is the Shorty in the Get Shorty story. Has your act­ing ca­reer ex­ceeded your dreams? Yeah. My ex­pec­ta­tions for my­self were never that high. I just fell into it a bit. When I was 19 or 20, I wanted to be a po­lit­i­cal speech­writer. I was study­ing po­lit­i­cal sci­ence in uni­ver­sity. What be­sides act­ing are you pas­sion­ate about? Right now, it’s all just fam­ily, fam­ily, fam­ily. I’ve got a new­born and a tod­dler, so we’re just nest­ing right now, get­ting ready for all of that may­hem.

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