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Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson open up about 'excruciating' 14-minute ovation

Brendan Gleeson, left, and Colin Farrell pose for photographers upon arrival for the premiere of the film 'The Banshees of Inisherin' during the 2022 London Film Festival in London, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. (Photo by Scott Garfitt/Invision/AP)
Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell co-star in The Banshees Of Inisherin. (Scott Garfitt/Invision/AP)

Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson have opened up about getting an “excruciating” 14-minute standing ovation for their new movie The Banshees Of Inisherin.

The black comedy screened at the Venice Film Festival and the audience liked it so much they clapped for almost quarter of an hour.

And the stars confessed it was a bit embarrassing.

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Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, Gleeson, 67, said: "It was excruciating but it really was an appreciative thing from the heart, there was real love of the film in the room.

Martin McDonagh and Colin Farrell on set of the film THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN. Photo by Jonathan Hession.  Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2022 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved.
The film follows lifelong friends. (Searchlight Pictures)

"The audiences wasn’t remotely embarrassed and they were having a great time so we had a great time with them.”

Farrell, 46, chimed in: "It was a long time and I’ve never experienced anything like it in 20 years of doing this racket.

"You stand there like a pillock as it was a bit embarrassing, but it was amazing.”

The Banshees Of Inisherin follows two lifelong friends whose close relationship is suddenly ended by one of them.

Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell in the film THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN. Photo by Jonathan Hession.  Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2022 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved.
Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell got a long standing ovation. (Searchlight Pictures)

During their appearance on the BBC show they were asked if they had ever thought about going method, and not speaking to each other on the set.

Farrell joked: “Brendan goes very deep into the work and I was a bit worried because I love him so much.”

Gleeson shared that the actors did ponder whether it might have its advantages - but quickly decided against it.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell, Kate Hudson, Edward Enninful and Elizabeth Banks during the filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening. Picture date: Thursday October 13, 2022.
The pair open up on The Graham Norton Show. (PA)

He told host Norton: “We both said, ‘Do you think we should keep a distance between us?’

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"We were looking at each other wondering if the other person needed it, but about a second and half later we both simultaneously went, ‘Nah!’”

The Graham Norton Show is on BBC One on Friday October 14 at 10.40pm. It is also available on BBC iPlayer.

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