“Seven Psychopaths,” the latest film from Irish playwright-turned-director Martin McDonagh, teaches a valuable lesson to any of the would-be dognappers out there: If you’re going to go around stealing pets from people, make sure the Shih Tzu doesn’t belong to a crime boss.
In this exclusive clip from “Seven Psychopaths,” which won the People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell learn that lesson, only after making a bit of a mess.
Farrell leads the pack of titular psychopaths as a screenwriter, whose friends drag him into a dognapping ring that preys on the wrong pooch. Woody Harrelson plays Charles Costello, a gangster and spurned dog owner, desperate to get back his pet.
The scene sampled in the clip takes place soon after Farrell’s, Walken’s and Rockwell’s characters find themselves in possession of Bonny, Costello’s beloved Shih Tzu. Farrell arrives home covered in blood and vomit (his puke, not his blood) with Bonny in tow. The trio take a breath to figure out what’s going on and if the dog, whose collar reads “Return to Charles Costello or you will die,” belongs to the gangster.
This insanity only sets up the rest of the craziness, so expect things to get even darker and more out of control from there.
“Seven Psychopaths” marks the second feature film from the Academy Award-winning director. His first film, “In Bruges,” earned him an Oscar nomination and Farrell a Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical.
“Seven Psychopaths” opens October 12 and also stars Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko and Tom Waits.