Interview: Billy Bob Thornton

You know the many faces and the tri-part name, that he’s one of the most highly regarded American actors of his generation; that he used to be married to one of the most high profile American actresses of her generation; that he and his former wife, Angelina Jolie, were portrayed in gossip magazines as The Wild Couple or The Weird Pair.

Interview: Gabriel Byrne

It isn’t often you come face to face with one of the most recognisable faces in contemporary cinema – an Irish actor who claims not to know the meaning of the word “brooding” (we don’t believe him), and who has been described (by the New York Times) as a “rare contemporary actor who can turn an air of splendour into a sustained gale-force dramatic wind.”   Gabriel Byrne (for it is he) is a fine actor with a substantial, credible body of work to his name; he is also the age (he’s in his 60s) where his sense of gravitas and authority is essential when it comes to defining the notion of cultural identity in the arts, how Ireland is perceived as a country, and how the Irish perceive themselves.