Clive Owen goes against type in ‘The Boys Are Back’

09.24.09 8 years ago

Hollywood has found Clive Owen’s niche.  It’s tough-minded thrillers such as “Sin City,” “The International” and “Shoot ’em Up” and upscale dramas such as “Duplicty” and “Closer.”  He hasn’t broken into comedy yet (except for a few cameos here and there), but with his latest release, “The Boys Are Back,” he’s definitely showing a more emotional side.

Based on the Simon Carr non-fiction novel of the same name, “Boys” centers on a British sportswriter living in Australia who is struggling with raising his two boys after the unexpected passing of his second wife. Directed by Scott Hicks who first burst on the scene with the excellent “Shine,” this drama features a charming performance by youngster Nicholas McAnulty and was warmly received by its premiere audience at this month’s Toronto Film Festival.

I sat down with Owen upon his arrival in Los Angeles to chat about “Boys” and how his own experiences as a father helped guide his performance.  Check out the interview embedded on this page or click here to see a larger version.

“The Boys Are Back” opens in limited release Friday.

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