Saturday, January 21, 2012


Above: Click to enlarge picture. The production team and Kevin Lehane who work on 'Grabbers' the movie are terrific folks and once again today they liked my pithy little tweet and put it in their list of “favourites.” 21-1-2012
russell tovey
russelltovey: 4am... Walking home... Meh x
Tom In Oz ✔
Tom_In_Oz_: @russelltovey it’s 3pm Sunday here and I’m doing a feature on Grabbers movie x
Syniq: @russelltovey Need an escort to make sure you make it back alive and un-molested? ... Well, alive, at least?
amberlynne: @russelltovey be careful! drunk (or tired) walking is more dangerous than drunk driving
Squibby_: @russelltovey Careful not to get raped.
SkywaIker1: @russelltovey the bus is better than walking, but there can still be really creepy ppl on the bus too. Get home safe :)
Toffee_Cider: @russelltovey don't get raped!
russell tovey
russelltovey: I'm on a night bus lovely concerned wittys x
__davidcasey: @russelltovey get a taxi ya numpty!
JoshPLittle: @russelltovey love how you're a down to earth dude on a night bus. :-) X
russell tovey
russelltovey: Also met Guy Chambers tonight... But not THE Guy Chambers but a man with Guy Chambers name.. Very nice none the least x
russell tovey
russelltovey: Also... I don't drink beer or lager or that bitter ridiculousness.. Haven't since I was 18 after a horrendous 'snakebite' so... Yeah info x
Tom In Oz ✔
Tom_In_Oz_: @russelltovey hey vodka boy my only drink is scotch
russell tovey
russelltovey: I'm a vodka bitch x
Tom In Oz ✔
Tom_In_Oz_: @russelltovey if they could only make a ginger beer vodka that tasted good!!! - oh wait they do!
russell tovey
russelltovey: Also have really got bang on coffee lately and have had a 3 day headache.. Trying to avoid coffee now but downed 2 coffee martinis.. Doh x
FenGar: @russelltovey Drugs are only good in moderation (and despite how society may delude itself, caffeine is a drug)
Tommy C.
BoyVirginiaMade: @russelltovey hope you get a full day's rest post vodka. Night, you.

Naomi Sheldon
NaomiSheldon1: @russelltovey I've managed to pickle myself in gin this weekend. Espresso martinis sound like the perfect antidote.

russell tovey
russelltovey: @NaomiSheldon1  it was ridic x

Above: One of the CGI creatures in a still from the movie. 

Russell Tovey plays Smith a marine researcher who thinks he's on the verge of discovering a new marine life form. Little does he realise they are... 


Grabbers will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23rd, as part of the Park City at Midnight program. 
Depending on whom you talk to in the cast or crew the description of Grabbers varies between “'Father Ted' meets The Evil Dead" and "Jaws crossed with Local Hero" to "Shaun of the Dead by the seaside" and "Kelly’s Heroes vs. Aliens." But what everyone agrees on is how fantastic the screenplay is detailing what happens when the remote fishing enclave of Erin Island is shattered by an alien invasion of giant bloodsucking sea creatures and the tiny population realizes their only weapon is alcohol. 
Written by 29 year-old Kevin Lehane, Grabbers is the first script from the Irishman to enter production after years of prior works just being optioned. "I think it's the simplicity of the Grabbers idea that fast-tracked it," Lehane points out. "Four years ago I gave up writing and back-packed around the world. Everywhere I went I kept getting bitten by mosquitoes and would be advised to eat more Vitamin B, like in the Marmite spread, so such savage attacks would stop. I found it fascinating you could ingest something that would make you immune to these vile insects. Then one balmy night sitting on a verandah getting drunk, a mosquito landed on my arm. I thought, I hope you get intoxicated too, fly into the wall and kill yourself! A light bulb went off in my head. I woke up with a hangover the next morning to find I'd written down 'Get drunk to survive' in my travel journal. Returning home I wrote Grabbers in record time."
Lehane's script was soon doing the rounds and within weeks attracted the interest of producers Tracy Brimm and Kate Myers. The Forward Films duo had already teamed up with director Jon Wright for the teen horror Tormented and thought Grabbers could be their ideal follow-up. "There was a warmth to Kevin's writing we sparked too," explains Myers, "That, combined with his storytelling skills, clear understanding of the Irish locale, culture and charm, and a delightful rogue's gallery of characters you really cared about." Brimm adds, "There was an Amblin movie old school feel about it in the Gremlins and Jurassic Park tradition that felt authentic and not manufactured. The moment the three of us met Kevin there was clear synergy between us all. Kevin loved Jon's fan-boy credentials – they spent hours talking about all things John Carpenter – and he liked the fact we made no crucial changes to his screenplay while promising him a movie that would look at least five times its budget."

In his first starring role since appearing in the blockbuster Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Richard Coyle plays O'Shea, the washed-up local policeman forced to sober up when the fang-jawed, barbed tongued, multi-tentacle spider-like aliens start invading his sleepy shores."Being funny and frightening is a hard balancing act to maintain," remarks Coyle. "But I thought the Grabbers script got that tone exactly right. Plus the irreverent comedy element had a great deal of substance to it. O'Shea does the minimum to keep people happy. Then the giant Grabber turns up followed by the smaller mother and the baby ones we call Jumpers because of their springy tails. So he has to clean up his act real fast - a big alien monster chasing you along a beach squirting nasty liquid will do that!"

 O'Shea also has another motive for his sudden change in lifestyle: Lisa, played by Dublin-bornPrimeval TV series actress Ruth Bradley. "She's an uptight workaholic cop whose idea of a vacation is going to Erin to help out," states Bradley. "She's so obsessed with being busy to hide her loneliness and insecurity. But then she meets O'Shea and her teetotal days are over. I loved the script because it affectionately poked fun at Irish culture in the way that Waking Ned did and the core relationship between O'Shea and Lisa is a superb foundation for exploring that quality. Jon Wright, Richard and I got completely drunk one night and filmed it just so we could see what we were like under the influence and what mannerisms and actions we could use when we came to shoot the scenes. I was completely mortified! It made us all realize the drunkenness had to be faked. I made sure Jon destroyed the tape. It will not be turning up as a DVD extra I can assure you."

Vying for Lisa's affections is research scientist Smith played by Russell Tovey, star of the hit TV fantasy Being Human. "I'm the only Englishman on the island so I didn't have to learn an Irish accent like Richard," laughs Tovey. "Smith thinks he's discovered a new species when encountering the Grabbers but soon learns the awful truth. Jon has told me I'm the best drunk in the movie, which slightly worries me. I mean, is that a compliment? But I must say I've loved doing the stunt work tonight as we've all congregated at Maher's pub where we're besieged by the creatures Night of the Living Dead style."
 That public house location is in Moville, County Donegal, a perfect match to interiors filmed before Christmas 2010 in nearby Belfast. "Aliens always landing in America really bothers me,"comments director Jon Wright. "And Grabbers was the ideal script to blow that notion out of the water and funnel the fun monster mayhem through an independent movie prism. In these days ofMonsters, District 9 and Moon, where you can't tell what's CGI anymore, Grabbers can deliver all the action and thrills of a Hollywood tent pole. We have an extensive post-production period where Nvizible visual effects supervisor Paddy Gleason [Clash of the Titans] can augment the work of prosthetic creature effects man Shaune Harrison [Captain America] to create and finesse the exciting alien action. I want something feral, primal and H. P. Lovecraft influenced, like in The Mist, that if it came at you out of the dark you'd experience an adrenalin rush. And when people are also drunk while battling these nightmares, well that's the most entertaining movie I could possibly think of, one that pushes both horror and comedy buttons hard."

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