Have a bloody good time with one of telly’s best-kept secrets

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Have a bloody good time with one of telly’s best-kept secrets

Season 3 of ‘Get Shorty’, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 1990 novel, is now streaming

Vianne Venter

Miles Daly (Chris O’Dowd from Bridesmaids), muscle for a Nevada crime ring, is feeling ... unfulfilled. The trial separation with his wife is looking less and less like a trial, he can’t tell his kid what he does for a living and work is ... well, less than glamorous. So when he travels to Hollywood to collect a debt, and leaves with a screenplay, he decides he’s ready for a career change. 

 “When you think of stuff Chris O’Dowd’s done, it’s all kind of warm and cuddly,” says his co-star, Ray Romano, who plays washed-up producer Rick Moreweather. “But you see him in this role and he’s got to be intense. He’s got to be dangerous. I wasn’t sure if it would work, but he nails it. I’m very impressed how this guy, who I remember from Bridesmaids as the one sweet guy in the movie, can do both sides. You root for him in this. He’s ruthless, forceful and dangerous, but you still like him.” 

If O’Dowd was caught off-guard by the sex-symbol label Bridesmaids earned him (famously referring to himself as “more of a spoon symbol”), his Get Shorty tough guy called for some deep digging. “It was something I hadn’t really done before, so that was exciting,” O’Dowd says, adding, with characteristic self-deprecating humour, “I don’t get to be very manly very often and it felt like a manly part”...

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