As previously reported, Barry Munday premiered yesterday afternoon to audiences at the ongoing SXSW 2010 in Austin, Texas. As expected, Chloë Sevigny, who stars in the Chris D’Arienzo-directed comedy in a supporting role as Jennifer Farley, was at hand at the premiere, from which we’ve been able to update the gallery with the first two pictures. Naturally, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more.
Furthermore, the Austin 360 Movie Blog has posted a great article covering Chloë’s appearance at the premiere, including interview excerpts with the actress. The article features some great new and interesting details regarding her Barry Munday role of Jennifer, and gives a generally encouraging and positive view of the film and its festival reception.
Read the article in full at Austin360.com; excerpts follow:
Chloe Sevigny excused herself from the Q-and-A session after the screening of her comedy Barry Munday on Saturday afternoon at the Paramount. “I have stage fright,” she said, seemingly hiding on the theater’s mezzanine as a huge ovation erupted inside the auditorium while writer-director Chris D’Arienzo and co-stars Patrick Wilson and Judy Greer took the stage.“They always tend to ask the main actors all the questions, so it’s kind of like why do it?” she added.
Sevigny has a small but assertive role as a libidinous bad-girl in Barry Munday, a highly entertaining offbeat comedy about a rudderless guy (Wilson, hilarious) who, in a drunken haze, gets a mousey, 30-something virgin (Greer) pregnant, upending both of their loserish lives. Festival audiences are historically a generous lot, yet Munday earned its laughs and applause. “I was surprised how well this played. It’s really funny,” said Sevigny, who hadn’t even seen a clip of the movie until today. “I thought it was great. I was really amused.”
Sevigny — known for Kids, Boys Don’t Cry, American Psycho, Zodiac and HBO’s Big Love, for which she won a Golden Globe this year— loved D’Arienzo’s script for Barry Munday, finding it “charming, humorous and very tender.” She originally went for the lead role, Ginger, played to comic perfection by Greer. “There aren’t a lot of great parts for females out there, obviously,” Sevigny said. When Greer got the part, “I said, ‘I want to be in it even more now that Judy’s in it.’ She’s one of my favorite actresses. Since Jawbreaker I’ve been a huge fan of hers.”
Sevigny’s character, Ginger’s salacious younger sister, secretly dances at a strip club that Wilson’s character frequents. “That was me dancing, sadly,” Sevigny laughs. “I always promised myself I’d never play a stripper or a hooker, but I did this because it was comedic.” She dances to Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again,” ‘80s hair-band pop that can either be loved on its own terms or in a protective Snuggie of irony. “I love that song!” Sevigny says, and we believe her.
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