In Seven Psychopaths, a dark comedy written and directed by Martin McDonagh (director of In Bruges), Colin Farrell stars as Marty, a struggling writer who desperately wants to finish his screenplay, Seven Psychopaths. The problem is, since he has precious little experience with the world of crime, he’s having a hard time finding inspiration and authenticity. His dilemma gets solved in the most unlikely of ways – through a dog-napping gone terribly awry.
Billy (Sam Rockwell), an unemployed actor and part-time dog thief, is Marty’s best friend. Hans (Christopher Walken) is Billy’s dog-napping assistant. The two of them make a less-than-honest living by kidnapping dogs and returning them for the reward money. Although it’s not a nice thing to do, they are very nice about it. They shower the pooches with love and affection, return them promptly, and keep their ransom levels low.
Charlie (Woody Harrelson) is an unpredictable and extremely violent gangster. A religious man with a violent past, Charlie only seems to be able to connect to his own humanity through his relationship with his beloved dog, an adorable shih tzu named Bonny. When Billy and Hans make the mistake of taking Bonny, Charlie goes on a rampage – making it clear that he wouldn’t hesitate to kill anyone associated with the dog-napping.
Marty of course gets caught up in the entire life-and-death drama, wherein he finds plenty of inspiration and great material for his unfinished screenplay.
Seven Psychopaths is set for a limited release on November 2, 2012 by CBS Films. The action comedy also stars Tom Waits and Olga Kurylenko.