There are plenty of performances for which you might recognize Dominic Monaghan. You may remember him as Geoffrey Shawcross in Hetty Wainthrop Investigates, or Merry Brandybuck in the Lord of The Rings films, or even as Charlie Pace on Lost. In his latest film, he plays opposite Raffy Cassidy in Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism as a hypnotist who is taking everyone for a ride, but not the one they were expecting.
RT: What do you think of Apocalypse Now: Redux?
I like the Redux. I’m always looking for more out of Apocalypse Now. I’m not crazy about the French plantation sequence — I think it’s long and strung out — but any more of Martin Sheen or Dennis Hopper or Marlon Brando that you see is always a good thing. It’s a near perfect movie for me. I always see something new, or a new blend of one shot to another, or a new musical cue that says something about what’s actually happening in the film. It’s so well lit and edited — Coppola at his best, and I’m a huge The Godfather fan.
I watched that one night; a friend recommended it to me. I was in my house on my own, at night, was very scared of it, and fell in love with it. I’m not a huge fan of horror movies, to be fair. There’s no reason for me to bring that into my life, that horror element. But with Let the Right One In, it was worth it because the performances and the story were both so brilliant.
I love comedy. This got a lot of flak when it came out, because everyone said it was Monty Python’s diss towards Jesus. But it’s not. It’s looking at the ridiculous foundations of religions in general and how we set those things up to be things of truth. And when you point a finger at them, they can very easily become things of comedy. Great film, and one of those that the more you watch it, the funnier it gets. Like This is Spinal Tap.
Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism is now playing in limited release.