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‘Lawless’ director John Hillcoat talks about Nick Cave, on-set fights, and Guy Pearce’s hair

John Hillcoat’s breakout movie “The Proposition” was a gritty Western set in the Australian outback written by postpunk legend and Bad Seed Nick Cave. The movie was a critical hit, and soon Hollywood came knocking. His follow-up movie was the screen adaptation of Cormac MacCarthy’s bleak masterpiece “The Road,” starring Viggo Mortensen.

Hillcoat’s latest movie “Lawless,” again penned by Cave, is a two-fisted gangster tale set in the backwoods of Virginia during Prohibition. The movie is based on the true-life bootlegging exploits of the Bondurant brothers as detailed in bestselling book “The Wettest County in the World” and stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, and Jessica Chastain. While the movie features the requisite amount of violence, fisticuffs, and manly comradery — Hardy somehow manages to make a cardigan sweater look badass — “Lawless” is also striking for the depth and strength of its female characters, a rarity in the gangster genre. Jessica Chastain, as always, is particularly good as Maggie, an ex-dancer who sees through Hardy’s character’s flinty exterior. But the real standout of the movie is Guy Pearce who plays Charlie Rakes, a corrupt sheriff/dandy sociopath who loves flamboyant suits, fine cologne, and sadism. There have been few villains in recent years more fun to root against than Rakes. Continue reading ‘‘Lawless’ director John Hillcoat talks about Nick Cave, on-set fights, and Guy Pearce’s hair’


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