Thursday, June 28, 2012


Cillian Murphy & Rodrigo Cortés in Toronto - June 2012
Notoriously press-shy, acclaimed Irish-born/London-based Actor Cillian Murphy returned to the same City where he filmed Red Lights last April. Murphy just arrived in Toronto along with Director/Writer Rodrigo Cortés (Buried) to promote the Sci-Fi/Thriller which centers around Research Assistant Tom Buckley (Murphy) and Psychologist Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver). The Duo are known for their work uncovering Paranormal Hoaxes.  After having disappeared for several years, renowned Psychic Simon Silver (Robert DeNiro) resurfaces but soon becomes the target of an Investigation from Margaret and Tom who are determined to prove for once and for all that he has no supernatural abilities.

Moviegoers got a special treat at TIFF Bell Lightbox, getting a chance to interact with both Cortés and Murphy following Red Lights' Canadian Premiere.  Cortés tells the intimate Audience that much of what drives the Film along is the power of Doubt.  That is, even though we might be fully convinced that the Paranormal might not truly exist, the remote possibility of it existing is enough to trigger dialogue and thought on the matter. And Red Lights indeed is one of those Films which make you think after the Credits roll.

Praised by Cortés as being "The Only Actor who can turn a Romantic-Comedy into a Horror at the blink of an eye", we learned that a selective Murphy first and foremost was draw to the Film by its solid Script. In preparation for this Film had visited Las Vegas and worked closely with Paranormal Debunker James Randi (who was born in Toronto), while also receiving an abundance of Reading Material from Cortés. "Ultimately, it becomes about Characters", says Murphy. "You have to concentrate on what's driving the character. The Psychology of the characters - the emotions. That's what becomes the most important part.".

Watch a Clip of Cortés and Murphy speaking below:

Cortes was kind enough to sign an official Red Lights Photo for my Readers. To enter to win, click "like" on this Post at Mr. Will-W.:Pop Maven on Facebook. You should also be following on Twitter too. Your deadline is August 1, 2012.

Alliance Films releases Red Lights on July 27, 2012.

(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will-W.)