New interview and new film: Cogan’s Trade

The A.V. Club did a monster interview with Garret a few weeks ago and it’s up on their site today. You can read it here.

Among other things, he mentions doing a cameo in Cogan’s Trade, the Jesse James reunion (Andrew Dominik, Brad Pitt, Sam Shepard) that wrapped filming the other day in New Orleans.

Brad Pitt plays the lead, so the film had distribution in the United States, Canada and a few more countries before cameras ever saw the set. Pitt plays Jackie Cogan, “a professional enforcer who makes sure the mob’s rules don’t get broken and if they do – someone pays. So when there’s a heist during a mob-run poker game, Cogan is intent on finding those responsible, using his shrewdness, cunning and business-like mind to restore the status quo.”

IMDb says Garret plays a guy called Eddie Mattie. A quick bit of googling will return a snippet from George V. Higgins’ novel, on which the film is based. (From what I’ve read, it’s not the most faithful adaptation in existence, so the details about the character could be off.)

Either way, the rest of the cast is pretty amazing, too: Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini and Vincent Curatola. The film comes out next March.

The rest of the interview covers just about every project Garret has done in the last decade or so, so I’m just gonna steal it and sprinkle it all over the site quote the parts that concern the current projects.


AVC: What are you doing in Louisiana right now?
GD: I’m shooting a film called Looper up in Thibodaux. Cool, cool project. I’ve been here a week or so. It’s Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who are all actors I really like very much. It’s a sort of science-fiction tale with a lot of time travel and murder, and it’s really cool and tense and fun. I’m really happy to be a part of it.

Arkansas Traveler:

AVC: John Hawkes was in Deadwood with you. Had you kept up with him and the other Deadwood alumni?
GD: I am still in contact with quite a few of them. John being in that movie, that’s really the role for the guy, Teardrop. I would have loved to have played that role, but I can’t see anyone playing it better than John. But he’s one of the reasons I wanted to do it. They came to me with either the sheriff I played or the bail-bonds guy. And I wanted to do the sheriff just because he had that scene with John, and I wanted to work with John again. We never really got to do much together on Deadwood. So he was a big reason I did that movie.

But yeah, I’m in touch with a few of the people. I keep in touch with Sean Bridgers quite a bit. In fact, we have a film we’re about to start looking for funding for that I love very much that he wrote. He played Johnny Burns on Deadwood. He’s a terrific actor and writer. We’ve got this Civil War movie that we’re about to start securing funding for. The media corporation we’re working with seems confident we’ll find it, and I am too. We’re looking to start shooting that next summer, next hiatus.

And some teasers for the last two episodes of Raising Hope this season (not seeing any previews yet):

AVC: What’s coming up here in the rest of the season?
GD: There’s four left. I know that the last remaining My Name Is Earl stars are going to make an appearance, which is cool. Ethan Suplee and Jaime Pressly are coming on, playing a married couple having some problems, and Burt and Virginia sort of insinuate themselves into their lives, whether they like it or not.

The season finale, we just saw at Paleyfest, and I think it’s fantastic. It’s one of the best half-hours of television I’ve ever seen, I gotta say. I thought it was hilarious, and it was really fun to watch it with a live audience. It’s a complex episode, because there’s a lot of time-shifting, which is great, and you just get to see where we all were five years ago, and where we are now. I have a spitting contest with an alpaca, which you don’t wanna miss. Which was not fun to shoot! And you see Jimmy going through his rebellious phase. It’s really good.