Alice Eve has done two films with sometime badboy playwright and filmmaker Neil LaBute, both (mostly) pairing her with one other actor. “Some Velvet Morning” starred her and Stanley Tucci as two people having a twisty row in an apartment. The new “Dirty Weekend” deposits her in Albuquerque with Matthew Broderick, playing business colleagues who kill a protracted layover by snooping into what happened to him many years ago during a blackout drunk crawl. As they investigate, they realize he may be kinkier than even he realizes.
Matthew Broderick’s Les is in many ways a classic American character: prudish about sex, especially his own deeply-seated kinks. As a Brit visiting America, how do you view this very American phenomenon?
I don’t think it’s just America that has a discordant relationship between an outward and inward life. We have our own very complicated enforced form of suppression and oppression. Every society has a way of stopping the truth coming out. Both our characters have our inner desires they were ashamed or embarrassed of. They hold each other’s hands to make it feel safe to be who they were. To me that’s a beautiful story.
This is your second film with Neil LaBute. It’s a much more optimistic, nicer film than his other films and plays, which can be quite dark.
It’s a lighter fare. You could imagine it being a 1950s film with Jack Lemmon.
Still, it is about self-deception — a common theme running through his work.
He’s a man who’s very in touch with what lies beneath, what the truth is, however uncomfortable it is or however much it may be viewed as strange. It’s there and therefore it is. I feel the same about life. Every human walking the earth has to live with the truth that one day they’ll die. That’s a lot to put away, a lot to carry. You have to make a life you can live that doesn’t necessarily allow that in. It’s a survival mechanism. I think these guys are doing that for sure.