Changing the script

He once shared a Broadway stage with James Gandolfini, but nowadays Barry McEvoy writes his own films and helps the next generation of screenwriters get their stories straight. It’s good to go against cliché, he tells Conor Purcell

21st October, 2018
Barry McEvoy: ‘Dolphins reminded me of all the great arthouse films that blew me away when I was a kid’ Pic: Fergal Phillips

Times Square is one of New York’s most iconic streetscapes, but few have experienced it the way Barry McEvoy has. It was 1993 and he was an understudy in On the Waterfront, then the most expensive non-musical in the history of Broadway. The actors playing the two main roles – the brothers – were Ron Eldard and a pre-Sopranos James Gandolfini. One night, during technical rehearsals, McEvoy found himself in Gandolfini’s ‘private bar’. It was...

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