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The Actors (2003)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 16 May 2003 (UK)
Two failed actors decide to pull a con on a local gangster by pretending to be the people to whom he owes money.

Director:

Conor McPherson

Writers:

Neil Jordan (story), Conor McPherson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Anthony O'Malley
Dylan Moran ... Tom Quirk
Michael Gambon ... Barreller
Lena Headey ... Dolores
Miranda Richardson ... Mrs. Magnani
Michael McElhatton ... Jock
Aisling O'Sullivan Aisling O'Sullivan ... Rita
Ben Miller ... Clive
Abigail Iversen Abigail Iversen ... Mary
Michael Colgan Michael Colgan ... Audition Director
Deirdre Walsh Deirdre Walsh ... Camcorder Girl
Bill Hickey Bill Hickey ... Stage Doorkeeper
Veronica O'Reilly Veronica O'Reilly ... Box Office Attendant
Paul Ward ... Maurice - Usher
Brian McGuinness ... Dermot - Usher
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Storyline

Two failed actors decide to pull a con on a local gangster by pretending to be the people to whom he owes money.

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Taglines:

Thick as thieves. Only thicker.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Germany | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy alakítás See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$367,742
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Notoious prankster Simon Delaney frequently made phone calls to the producers, impersonating Sir Michael Caine, telling them how much he loved working with Writer and Director Conor McPherson. It wasn't until the premiere screening that many of the production staff discovered that the phone calls weren't made by Sir Michael. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) When Magnani finally confronts Tony and Tom in their dressing room, the mic is visible above Tom's head. See more »

Quotes

Anthony O'Malley: And we are sad men, awaiting advice from a nine year old girl.
Tom Quirk: But we're big enough to accept that.
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Soundtracks

Could It Be Love?
Orchestrated by The Michael Nyman Band
Performed by Dylan Moran and Lena Headey
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So-so comedy film that lacks laughs but has a reasonable plot
2 April 2006 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Anthony O'Malley is an old actor who has long since said goodbye to his best days. A lacklustre performance in a terrible version of Richard III that nobody wants to see. One of his support cast is the unsuccessful and jobbing actor Tom who is equally in need of some form or career or income boost. In order to help develop his villain, O'Malley has been hanging around a rough pub in the docks with a criminal called Barreller and, in doing so he has learnt that Barreller owes another party money – a party he does not know. So O'Malley makes a proposition to Tom – that Tom will present himself as an agent for this "other party", collect the money and split it with O'Malley. The first act is simple and well executed but quickly the two find themselves getting deeper into lies.

At the time of release I must confess that the trailer did nothing to make me want to see this but, by the time the television premier rolled around I had forgotten this and decided to tune in for the presence of Dylan Moran whom I find very funny in certain things. Sadly this was not one of them and laughs were pretty thin on the ground throughout. So instead I settled into the plot, which at first seemed to offer some interesting scenarios before quickly collapsing into a series of disguises and unconvincing ideas that don't really work. It isn't "bad" per se but it certainly isn't any good. It produced enough forward movement and amusing ideas to hold my interest but it rarely did anything to justify doing so and I was generally disappointed with the fact that it failed to do much.

The characters are not that well developed and the sort of pathos I hoped would add value to the material and there isn't that much for the actors to work with. This lack of depth means Michael Caine can't do much with his character and has no laughs to help him out – thus seeing him finally dressed as a woman is yet another low in a career of highs and lows. Moran struggles with the lack of good comedy to work with but still makes a good fist of his various characters and is amusing if not funny. Gambon collects his check and turns in an average performance while Headey looks sexy but doesn't have much else to do. Iverson also lacks material but she gives a nice performance and avoids being an annoying cute kid type of actor.

Overall this is a fairly average film that offers some fun early on but generally just becomes messy and poorly delivery the more it goes on. The cast are so-so mainly because they lack the laughs (Moran) or the depth (Caine) that they needed to turn in good work. It all does enough to be watchable but it doesn't do anything particularly well.


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