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Interview with Director Paul McGuigan | Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

Over 30 years ago, Peter Turner published a memoir on his relationship with screen icon, Gloria Grahame, titled “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool“. Unlike most celebrity tales, this was not one rife with scandal or despair. This was a story about love, regret, and kinship. Over 30 years later, Peter’s story has finally arrived on the silver screen.

Annette Bening stars as Gloria Grahame, an aging acting icon who learns she is ailing. Rather than suffering alone, she calls on her former love, Peter (Jamie Bell), and requests to stay with him and his family. After taking her in, Peter begins to reflect upon the love they had before, pondering where it all went wrong. And more importantly, where do Gloria and Peter go from here?

For this exclusive interview, Aaron sits down with the director of “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool“, Paul McGuigan. An accomplished filmmaker (whose credits include Sherlock, Marvel’s Luke Cage, and Wicker Park), Paul discusses a myriad of topics including why this story felt like one he needed to tell, working with Annette Bening and Jamie Bell, and what it was like having Peter Turner – the basis for this story – so readily available.

Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool releases on 12/29 in LA and NY, and the film itself is a beautiful celebration of life and love. To compliment this heartwarming tale, enjoy our interview with director, Paul McGuigan.

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Listen to the full “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool” interview with both director Paul McGuigan and author Peter Turner below. 

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The Hollywood Outsider was born in an attempt to discuss a myriad of genres, while also serving as a sounding board for the ‘Average Joe’ – those film buffs who can appreciate Taxi Driver just as much as Transformers – without an ounce of pretentiousness. I try to approach each film on its own merits, and through the eyes the filmmakers intended. Enjoy yourself. Be unique. Most importantly, 'Buy Popcorn'.