"Inhale" star Dermot Mulroney vents about Hollywood

Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:28am EDT
 
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By Dany Margolies

LOS ANGELES (Backstage) - Better known for playing charming romantic leads, Dermot Mulroney has recently turned his attention to a darker, deeper role.

In the thought-provoking "Inhale," which opened Friday through IFC Films, he portrays a man facing a moral dilemma that will mean life or death for his critically ill child. It is, pardon the pun, breathtakingly poignant work in a film that at first appears to be a thriller.

Mulroney began his film career with "Sunset" in 1988 and also starred that year in "Young Guns." Years later, with "My Best Friend's Wedding," as the eponymous friend, he began to be known to the general public. Soon notable roles followed -- in "Lovely and Amazing," "About Schmidt," and "Zodiac," and on "Friends" as Gavin, Rachel's replacement at work.

Mulroney, who turns 47 on Sunday, made his directorial debut this year with the upcoming romantic comedy "Love, Wedding, Marriage," which stars Mandy Moore.

With "Inhale," he is taking on a serious issue in a serious fashion, and he praises IFC Films for tackling it, especially as the film doesn't have a "Hollywood ending."

BACK STAGE: WHAT'S THE HARDEST YOU EVER WORKED TO GET CAST IN A ROLE?

Mulroney: The roles that I've worked hardest for I didn't get. And don't wring them out of me! But there's a couple over the years that I still remember. Aach. Each of the ones I've hotly pursued, there's a reason why you don't get it. And whenever I hotly pursue something, it's because it's just a little bit out of my reach anyway. So it all makes sense, but it doesn't make it any easier to swallow if you don't get the part. At this age, I've done it this long, and I still get disappointed, which is infuriating. So silly.

BACK STAGE: DO YOU STUDY ACTING BETWEEN JOBS?   Continued...

 
<p>Actor Dermot Mulroney and Tharita Catulle pose at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival world premiere of "Paper Man" at the Mann Village theatre in Westwood, California June 18, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>