Philippine Daily Inquirer



LOS ANGELES—Film noir is back, with a lot of color, starring Colin Farrell in “Sugar,” a new AppleTV+ series set in contempora­ry Los Angeles.

The role of a private detective battling inner demons as he tracks down a Hollywood producer’s missing granddaugh­ter is a dream come true for the Golden Globe winner for best actor in “The Banshees of Inisherin.”

“I do love film noir, and I have had a love for it that predates this show, so there were certain tropes that I was well-aware of,” Farrell said in an interview.

The noir genre began with crime films in the 1940s and 1950s, featuring sharp shadows, pessimisti­c characters, smoke and rainy streets in black and white.

“I was well-aware of the archetypic­al trope aspect to those things,” said Farrell, whose character John Sugar works on a case that turns his whole world upside down.

The series, which premieres on Friday, juxtaposes the colorful landscapes of Los Angeles with scenes that look like vintage Hollywood noir. Scenes between characters are edited in ways that surprised the actors.

‘A mystery’

“I knew I was filming a noir, but once I’m done with my process, there’s a completely separate creative process that happens after,” said British actor Kirby Howell-Baptiste, who plays Sugar’s manager Ruby in a contempora­ry twist. “So when I watched it, the voiceover was a mystery to me, all of that footage that’s cut into it, the way it is cut, all of that was such a mystery.”

Farrell fondly recalled some nights when they were shooting car footage: cinematogr­apher Cesar Charlone would get in the passenger seat and Farrell would drive them to downtown Los Angeles for 40 minutes.

“There were moments where I was kind of honest-toGod pinching myself, going, ‘This is just unbelievab­le’ and ‘Aren’t we so lucky?’” Farrell said.

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—APPLE TV+ Colin Farrell in “Sugar”

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