âDom Hemingwayâ opens with a scene where Jude Law gives an uninterrupted and flawless monologue about his penis, an idea that came naturally to the film’s writer-director, Richard Shepard.
“I can talk about my cock for hours,” Shepard said during the screening of her new movie at the Cinema Society and Links of London in downtown New York on Thursday night. âOnce I wrote this scene I thought, I understand this guy. I understand his ego, his sense of humor, his quirk. The rest have just appeared.
The Fox Searchlight release poster is also crotch-focused, with Dom lounging in a chair with a whiskey and legs open. âWe made all of his suits really tight because he’s been in jail for 12 years,â Shepard explained. “So when he’s seated things are shown in a way that they shouldn’t be.”
Jude Law took credit for this character flaw. “I had this idea with the costume, when he got out of jail he had it cut in the wrong areas,” said Law, who packed a few extra pounds to play his reformed criminal while eating pots of ice cream, burgers and pints of beer. But this decision did not please the film’s tailor. âHe kept saying, ‘You can’t do this!’ Law recalls. “It went against his own nature as someone who wanted the costume to look good.”
The screening and after-party, sponsored by Moet & Chandon at the Hugo Hotel, was more like a casting night for “Girls”, with guests Lena Dunham, producer Jenni Konner, creative director of J. Crew. Jenna Lyons and Ebon Moss (who like everyone we’ve spoken to is not divulging any secrets about the upcoming season four). There was a good reason for this. Shepard, who is dating Konner, has directed some of the most memorable episodes in HBO comedy-drama, including eps starring last season’s Patrick Wilson and this year’s June Squibb.
Shepard shot and edited “Dom” between seasons 2 and 3, and he will direct two more episodes in season 4. He said it was a challenge to increase the budget by $ 7 million for his original independent film. . âI honestly think there might be Balkan war criminals funding the film,â he joked. âThere were so many producers and executive producers. It was impossible to get out of it. “
He also added that there were three allusions to “girls” in his film. Without giving too much away, one of them is to play naked ping-pong. And Law gets naked in a scene set in the countryside, but it apparently had nothing to do with “Girls.” Shepard explained, “It made logical sense for the character.”