Robert Sheehan shares some interesting things about his exciting upcoming film The Messenger in October’s issue of SFX Magazine. We have added the interview to our photo gallery in HQ:
The Messenger will be in cinemas on September 25, 2015 (UK)
Director: David Blair; Screenwriter: Andrew Kirk; Starring: Robert Sheehan, Joely Richardson, Lily Cole; Running time: 101 mins; Certificate: 15
It’s no surprise to discover that The Messenger’s director David Blair also helmed several episodes of the wonderful 1990s BBC One drama The Lakes. He has a wonderful knack for imbuing nature and buildings with an ethereal quality that entrances our eyes and establishes a foreboding atmosphere, as is evident in his latest film.
The unsettling tale follows Robert Sheehan’s troubled soul Jack, a young man burdened by all the dead people that talk to him. “I don’t want to help people, I want to get rid of them,” he bemoans at one stage. But can he use what he learns to figure out the grizzly demise of someone connected to him? Or will the police, concerned by his bizarre behaviour, deal with him first?
A fascinating lead turn from the former Misfits star combines with often breathtaking direction to largely keep our interests from waning in the film’s central plot, which unravels in a manner that alternates between alienating and intriguing. It’s only in the powerful final act that a strong emotional payoff rewards your patience, with Sheehan’s performance bypassing some overly melodramatic elements that would feel better placed in a soap opera.
Only a partially successful venture due to a script lacking invention and narrative hooks, The Messenger is nonetheless a showcase for homegrown talent and particularly Robert Sheehan.
The Messenger adopts a far more naturalistic approach than the seemingly similarly ‘I see dead people’ themed The Sixth Sense. There’s no Bruce Willis moping around in a dodgy syrup for a start. Indeed, several stunning shots of Jack, enmeshed within thick blades of grass amidst the sand dunes, will linger long in the memory.
Only a partially successful venture due to a script lacking invention and narrative hooks, The Messenger is nonetheless a showcase for homegrown talent and particularly Robert Sheehan. The movie’s distinctively British feel is also a soothing antidote to all the generic horror mystery fodder that comes from across the pond.
Digitalsspy.com.au rated it 3 our of 5 stars.
“I really think we could have ‘When Harry Met Sally’ for the younger generation,” says The Exchange’s Brian O’Shea.
Robert Sheehan (Geostorm, Mortal Instruments) has been cast as the male lead in Dustin Lance Black’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight alongside Hailee Steinfeld.
Sales company The Exchange will be bringing the feature to Cannes and offer it to international buyers. The Exchange’s CEO Brian O’Shea announced the casting on Thursday. CAA holds domestic sales rights.
The film is written, directed and executive produced by Black (Milk, J. Edgar) and produced by Bruna Papandrea (Gone Girl), Caroline Kaplan (Boyhood) and Steve Hutensky (The Human Stain). Production is set to begin this year.
Set during a 24-hour period, Probability follows Hadley (Steinfeld), stuck at John F. Kennedy Airport and late to her father’s second wedding in London, who meets the “perfect” young man in the airport’s waiting area. Oliver (Sheehan) is British, and they end up sitting next to each other on the plane. “In this story about the mad fears when love first strikes, Hadley and Oliver make it clear that true love isn’t what greeting cards peddle, it’s an act of bravery that’s well worth the leap,” according to a film description.
“Robert and Hailee together are perfect,” said O’Shea. “They are both identifiable and winning, the script is sharp, the production team is aces, I really think we could have When Harry Met Sally for the younger generation.”
Sheehan is represented by The Gersh Agency and Lisa Richards Agency.
The actor followed up on his promise to dine out with the women who ran the minimarathon in aid of Debra Ireland.
Robert (25) spent time with families whose children are affected by the debilitating condition Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) at the Maldron Hotel in Dublin last night before taking the lucky female winners for a slap-up meal.
The Love/Hate star was convinced to take part after he was contacted by patient ambassador Emma Fogarty.
Emma (29) has already won the hearts of Colin Farrell and Johnny Sexton who previously came on board with the charity. Emma, the oldest person in Ireland with EB, hails from Abbeyleix in Laois, just down the road from Robert’s native Portlaoise and managed to get him involved.
“I sat down with Emma and I was so struck by such a vibrant, engaging, enthusiastic person,” he said. “She hooked me into the whole thing.
“The Herald wrote an article around the time of the mini-marathon with the headline ‘Win a date with Robert Sheehan!’ which was quite a surprise to me.” he joked.
“But we helped raise some money for Debra.” Bubbly Emma said Robert and his mum Maria jumped at the chance of helping out the charity.
“I wrote to his mother and to himself and they got in touch and I met his mam,” explained Emma (below with Robert).
“He said yes, he didn’t hesitate at all.”
The fundraising campaign was a huge success as the charity recorded the biggest number of so far with over 450 taking part.
Sheehan’s association with the charity this year helped net vital funds to help keep an EB family nurse on the road for the charity.
Mum Ger Hyland from Swords said that the nurse has made a world of difference when it comes to changing dressings on her two girls Alison (9) and Erica (4). She has to regularly bathe her daughters in anti-septic to kill any infection when their skin breaks out in blisters.
To read more about the condition and find out you can help, visit Debra Ireland Org
There are a lot of actors and actresses around today, who clearly do not have the best of teams around them, making some poor decisions along the way. Then there are those who obviously have people who know what they are doing, making some great choices in their career.
One such person, who has seen his career go from strength to strength in the past few years, is Irish actor Robert Sheehan. The talented star is probably best known to most for his role as Nathan Young in the British television series Misfits, which was pretty much his breakthrough role.
One of the smartest moves that Robert Sheehan has made in his career, was leaving Misfits when he did. The show was on a high and Robert managed to leave right before the show began to lose its way a little and drop its ratings, before coming to an end.
Since then, Robert Sheehan has gone on to appear in some impressive projects, winning roles in some big Hollywood movies, including the film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Robert also has three movies lined up for the coming year, which will see him work with some big names.
Robert Sheehan has certainly been managing his career well and we look forward to seeing what he has to offer in the coming years.