Men Star Breaks Down His 10 Different Characters in New A24 Horror Movie

Rory Kinnear, one of the stars in A24’s upcoming horror film Men, has opened up about the ten sinister male characters he is set to depict.

Rory Kinnear breaks down his 10 different roles in A24’s latest horror film I am. The upcoming movie tells the story of a young woman played by Jessie Buckley who decides to take a short holiday in the British countryside after the death of her husband, only to endure a series of increasingly ominous encounters with local men. The Beach author Alex Garland directs the movie after making his directorial debut in 2014 with the Oscar-winning sci-fi Ex-Machina. Garland also boasts previous horror experience, penning the screenplays for Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later and Sunshine.

Kinnear is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Bill Tanner in the James Bond films Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Specter, and No Time to Die. His other roles include starring as Detective Nock alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Gameas well as playing The Creature in the popular Showtime series Penny Dreadful. Joining the limited cast of I am in 2021, Kinnear stars opposite Oscar-nominated Buckley, who is best known for her work in Lost Daughter and Beastas well as BAFTA-nominated actor Paapa Essiedu, known for his performance in the limited series I May Destroy You.


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Discussing the upcoming A24 movie in an interview with Empire, Kinnear explained the intentions behind his depiction of multiple characters. Revealing that he would portray up to 10 different men with various degrees of importance to the story, Kinnear said that each of them was a symbolic representation of a male threat or attitude. Describing each one as “fully rounded”, Kinnear said that while they may vary in their level of threat, they would all personify“the male tendency to belittle or spite or slight.”Check out his full comments below:

“I play nine or ten different characters […] Some are actively threatening, some of them seem fairly benign, but all of them personify different aspects of the male tendency to belittle or spite or slight. And each one had to be fully rounded as the next, even though some of them have a very limited amount of screen-time. The threat they represent, or their lack of self-awareness, had to come from a specific place within them. ”

Jessie Buckley in A24's Men

I am is A24’s latest psychological horror hoping to cement itself among the studio’s impressive roster of award-winning titles including The Witch, Hereditary, and Midsommar. With cinematographer Rob Hardy (Ex-Machina and Annihilation) on board, the project already promises to deliver the visuals that fans have come to expect from A24 horror movies. Normally steeped in symbolism and rarely straightforward, Kinnear’s depiction of multiple uniquely sinister characters played by the same face is likely to increase audience interest and suggests that Men’s story could deliver on fan expectations.

Following in the footsteps of its recent releases such as The Green Knight, Lamb, The Tragedy of Macbeth, and XA24 is undoubtedly hoping for another artistic hit with I am. While yet to make its cinematic debut, recent trailers teasing Kinnear’s ominous performance have certainly built on audience anticipation and seem to indicate a fitting new addition to the studio’s collection as it continues to take Hollywood by storm. I am will make its US premiere on May 20.

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Source: Empire

  • Men (2022)Release date: May 20, 2022

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