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New clip of Cillian Murphy in PEACOCK

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
April 8th, 2010

Cillian Murphy is a tragically underrated actor. He's done some great work in the past (especially in THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY), and he consistently gets work; but very few people get see any of his performances. Hopefully, his next film PEACOCK will appeal to more mainstream audiences. In an effort to stir up some anticipation for the movie, Lionsgate has released a short clip of the film. Thanks to The Playlist, we've got that clip for you here. Check it out after the jump.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Jyna5UfO_Y&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Talk about an intense clip! I was completely wrapped up in Cillian's character from the get-go; and after reading this short synopsis, I was hooked:

John Skillpa, a quiet bank clerk living in tiny Peacock, Nebraska, prefers to live an invisible life. This might have to do with John's secret: he has another personality no one knows about, a woman, named Emma,who each morning does his chores and cooks him breakfast before he starts his day. Then, in a moment, everything changes.

While this synopsis came directly from Wikipedia, it really worked to intrigue me. The narrative looks to be something truly original. We aren't privy to many films that deal with issues of gender in mainstream society. Generally, contemporary culture isn't up for the mental task of processing such topics, but perhaps that could change. While this film doesn't appear to directly deal with gender identity, it does introduce the idea.

Multiple personalities aren't really new, but they're rarely introduced in such a dramatic fare. Generally, multiple personalities have been given the comedic treatment and reserved to just be laughed at. Hopefully, this film will take the idea to a more serious place and examine the traumatic effects that such a condition can have upon a person.

This movie is, unfortunately, resigned to a direct-to-DVD release on April 20th. I'll be picking this one up for sure!

Source: The Playlist

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