Dom Hemingway – out next week – tells the story of the titular former safe cracker's release from a long spell in jail, and his efforts to put his life back together. The only problem? Dom (a fantastically on-form Jude Law) is the definition of a loose canon.
Aided by his best friend Dickie (Richard E. Grant), Don collects (and loses) a small fortune, tries to get 'back in the game' in the London underground world and attempts to salvage his relationship with his daughter.
It's great, knock-about stuff, an unpredictable black comedy with a classic male friendship at its core. From the producers of Sexy Beast, crackling dialogue and over-the-top violence are in abundance.
Here we catch up with the film's two stars to put together 5 things you should know about what of the most enjoyable British films of the year.
1 | Jude Law had to seriously beef up
Jude Law: "There was no gym work. I just let myself go. Which meant a lot of steak and burgers and ice cream. I had to get in the mindset of a man who said ‘yes’ a lot more than he said ‘no’. Dom is such an explosive, abrasive character, it was hard work maintaining that – but a lot of fun, too."
2 | Dom and Dickie’s chemistry wasn’t faked
Jude on Richard E. Grant: "Working with him was magnificent. He’s a great person to have around you on a film set. Very funny and loving. And he tells great stories."
Richard on Jude: "Actors will always tell you working with their co-star was absolutely wonderful. Sometimes they’re lying through their arses. But during all the scenes when we’re arguing in the pub in particular, we couldn’t stop laughing. It was hugely enjoyable to do."
3 | ...And no one knows how they met
JL: "They’re a mismatched odd couple. The questions that raises makes the relationship more interesting: why do they speak so differently? Why is there an age gap? How did they meet?"
RG: "All I know is, Dickie was a black sheep from a posh family, Dom is from Southeast London, and somehow they met in the middle."
4 | There could be a sequel
RG: "We showed the film to a packed out audience at the Toronto Film Festival last month, and somebody stood up at the end of the Q&A and said: “What happens to Dom and Dickie? There has to be a sequel.” Richard Shepard [the director] stood straight up and said: ‘Yeah – Dom and Dickie do Vegas!’"
5 | Making British movies has its up and downs…
JL: "Sometimes it’s a nightmare. Sometimes the weather’s really awful, and you’re fighting against a tiny budget. But then other times, it’s utterly magnificent – you’re working from home, the weather’s great, London looks great, you’re on a project that you love.”
RG: "By doing an independent film like this, you avoid – mercifully – creativity by committee. Where you haven’t got 17 executives or more justifying their jobs by sticking their oar in. So you essentially go back to the auteurship of movies made in the early ‘70s, where you get a kind of straight-in-the-vein shoot up of what that person’s vision for a movie is. Not a franchise movie, not a prequel, a sequel or any of those things. I find it slightly regrettable that this kind of movie should be not the norm, anymore."