Although Bono supplies the film’s title and -- most of the time -- is the film’s main subject, we don’t really discover much about him. That’s because his success probably isn’t as interesting as McCormick’s abject failure.
The focus for Hamm was on the lads that could have been contenders, not the lads who watched their dreams come true.
“I was a fan of U2 from the early days and I liked the music. I really have nothing but straightforward respect for them,” says Hamm.
“But I was more interested in representing an era of their lives that has never been seen before on film. These were moments in Irish rock history like when they put the sign on the notice board at school, or when they held their first audition in Larry Mullen’s mum’s kitchen and the drum kit was too big to fit -- lore the diehard fans know. I went down to their old school in Mount Temple, and the houses and the schools and all that.”
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U2 were happy to support the project because it wasn’t a U2 project -- they had nothing to lose by it. They even allowed the use of their music and their original artwork.
“I talked to Edge, I talked to (U2 manager) Paul McGuinness, and they regaled me about stories about Neil from school. (One of the film’s producers is the band’s original manager),” says Hamm.
The standout performance in the film belongs to rising star Robert Sheehan, who manages to capture the exasperation and wrong headedness of his character in a way that endears you to him, even if at times you will want to slap him too.
“Robert’s a completely massive raw talent,” says Hamm. “He’s one of Ireland’s biggest stars. There is no question in my mind that that boy is made for movie stardom.
“I gave early roles to Helena Bonham Carter, Joe Fiennes and Catherine Zeta Jones and I am telling you this kid is amazing. He’s got the looks to go with and the cheekiness and he knows who he is, and if he keeps his head screwed on right he’ll be a big star.”
Meanwhile, his role as one half of a pair of two nobodies that were very nearly somebodies is this week’s must see flick.
“I want Irish Voice readers to go and see it and have a f******good time in the cinema. And all the while they can say, ‘There but for the grace of God go I,’” says Hamm with a laugh.
Killing Bono opens in theatres on Friday.
Here's the official trailer for "Killing Bono":
Interview with Irish star of "Killing Bono" Robert Sheehan:
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