Inarritu amused by life imitating art in 'Birdman' awards push

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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - (Editor's note: paragraphs 2 and 9 contain language that may offend some readers)

"Birdman" sits on a rather privileged perch as a favorite for film industry awards, but director Alejandro Inarritu can only laugh at the irony that he, like his protagonist in the show biz satire, is caught up in the quest for validation.

"I'm doing this interview; I feel like Riggan Thomson trying to sell my own shit," the Mexican filmmaker said, referring to the film's lead character.

"Birdman," Inarritu's first foray into comedy, follows former superhero actor Riggan, now washed up in New York and desperately attempting a comeback by trying to stage a Broadway play.

Shot in seemingly one continuous take in the claustrophobic confines of a theater's backstage, Riggan, played by Michael Keaton, deals with tense relationships with family, friends and colleagues while preparing his play.

The film leads nominees for Sunday's Golden Globes and could replicate that position with Oscar nominations next week.

Inarritu set the film in a surreal world that marries Riggan's reality with his surreal consciousness, which takes the form of his former superhero on-screen alter-ego, Birdman.   Continued...

 
Mexican film director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is interviewed while promoting his upcoming movie "Birdman" in Los Angeles, California December 16, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni