Stephen Rea reveals how new Irish movie Black 47 reminded him of Michael Collins

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The legendary Irish actor made a fantastic comparison between the two films.

Stephen Rea is pretty much synonymous with Irish cinema.

While he has had an extremely impressive international resume – from Interview With A Vampire to V For Vendetta to the recent TV hit Counterpart – his local work is even more breathtaking.

It’s hard to think of a great Irish movie Rea wasn’t a part of, including Breakfast On Pluto, Kisses, Ondine, and his favorite, The Butcher Boy.

However, when we sat down with him and director Lance Daly about their new movie Black 47, Rea drew a comparison between Michael Collins (recently voted Ireland’s favorite Irish film in a JOE.ie poll!) And his new project.

Daly steps in when we told them Michael Collins won the poll, telling Rea, “Don’t miss an opportunity there. You were just making parallels between Michael Collins and Black 47, just when we were out! I would love for him to repeat it! “

And Rea was only too happy to oblige, “This movie is the result of Lance’s really honest treatment of the material.”

“I had the same meaning [that I had] when we did Michael Collins, it was a strong sense of fantastic optimism in the country, that we were actually telling our own stories, and it wasn’t Kevin Costner and a Hollywood crew doing that, which had been mentioned at one point.

“And I feel that with Black 47. This is our story, and we tell it, this is our point of view. It’s not a stranger saying ‘Oh, let’s adjust this, let’s do this’, you know? “

Our full interview with Lance Daly and Stephen Daly will air in the next episode of The Big Reviewski this week, so be sure to check that out.

Black 47 is in Irish theaters right now, and you can check out the trailer below:

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