PAUL MESCAL - 'I hope our film will continue the conversation around the idea consent' 10 months ago

PAUL MESCAL - 'I hope our film will continue the conversation around the idea consent'

"That is something that I'm very interested in talking about."

Not long before he had the time of his life at the 2023 Oscars, Paul Mescal sat down with God's Creatures co-star Emily Watson to discuss his new movie with us.

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Speaking with our very own Rory Cashin, Watson and Mescal, who play a mother and son in this powerful Irish drama, touched upon a core topic that the new release focuses upon.

The movie tells the story of a young man (Paul Mescal) who returns home to Ireland, and his mother (Emily Watson), after working in Australia for a number of years. He is barely back home a few days when he is accused of assault by a local woman, and without thinking twice, his mother provides him an airtight alibi. But her trust in her son's innocence slowly begins to erode when she spends more time with him.

Mescal, who received his first Oscar nomination for Aftersun and is now lined up for the Gladiator sequel, told us why he was so keen to get involved in God's Creatures:

"Just the standard of the script, full stop, just artistically as a script was beautiful, so that initially was why I was like, 'I am absolutely gonna do this'.

"But politically, it was something that I was really interested to be involved with. And I was hoping it would continue the conversation that has been happening around the idea of consent, why we protect young men in this society, because they are perceived to be these 'golden boys', it is all just noise.

"And I think that this film cuts to the centre of what, I think, pillars in our community are doing to protect those young men, and the damage that that does. And that is something that I'm very interested in talking about."

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You can watch that full interview with Paul Mescal and Emily Watson here:

God's Creatures arrived in Irish cinemas on Friday, 24 March.

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