The Cinema Society presented a special screening of “Killer Joe,” a new film starring Matthew McConaughey.
In the flick, McConaughey plays a twisted Texas Ranger who murders for money.
"This guy has a very bent morality but it's my job to understand that in his mind, his morality is very clear, very true and right. Now, for myself? No thank you. But for Joe, absolutely,” McConaughey says.
Gina Gershon also stars in the film. She had a unique reaction to her own performance.
"I didn't want to rehearse it. I didn't want to talk about it. I was like, show me where to go and let’s do this thing in one take, basically. I wanted to, as it was happening, I wanted to experience it so I felt like it would be more raw and kind of believable. So I didn't really think about it too much and when I saw it for the first time I was like, I mean I definitely covered my eyes," Gershon says. "I've seen it a couple of times now and only now can I watch it without getting completely nauseous. I get like this weird reaction reliving it."
Director William Friedkin also directed "The Exorcist.” He won an Academy Award for "The French Connection."
Tracy Letts, who won a Pulitzer Prize for “August: Osage County,” wrote “Killer Joe.” It was first produced as a play.
“The original story was about this family in which the mother and son were going to kill the father. Then they found out that the mother was cheating the son out of some cocaine so the father and son decided to kill the mother instead,” Letts says. "The ease with which they switched family members to kill or just made it very clear that within that family the ties that bind were not very strong. And so I was interested in exploring that idea."
One of the great things for directors and actors alike is that on independent films, they get to stretch and take risks.
"I didn't know what I was gonna do with it. I knew when I read it and I understood it I said well if I'm going to do this I got a lot of work to do,” McConaughey says. “And I didn't know what it was going to be but I was really excited about breaking through to the other side, coming up on the other side and knowing who this man was. And then going and being the guy.”
“Killer Joe” will be in select theaters in the Big Apple this weekend.