- 14 Jul 17
Few films have managed to grip, gouge and garrote the Irish imagination like Cardboard Gangsters, which confirms John Connors as one of our best actors. Writer and director Mark O’Connor talks to Stuart Clark about art imitating life – and vice versa! – in Darndale.
While there are no flashing lights to worry about, anyone with an aversion to axes, machetes, angle-grinders, lump hammers, shotguns and chainsaws should probably give the new John Connors movie, Cardboard Gangsters, a wide-berth.
“John had to get specialist chainsaw training from the stunt guys because it’s hard to cut things if you don’t have the technique,” reveals writer and director Mark O’Connor. “He practiced beforehand, so when we had a live chainsaw in a small little cabin no one’s lives were actually in danger.”
It was a case of art imitating life as Connors, who’d previously worked with Mark on King Of The Travellers, partook of some extreme debt collecting.