In Peter Weir‘s The Way Back, a bitter-cold schlepp about Siberian Gulag escapees, Colin Farrell plays a thickly accented roughian who seems to use a lot of animal imagery in his conversation, often without what are grammatically known as “articles.”
Early on, Colin snarls to a fellow escapee, “You stare at me like snake at rabbit!”
Moments later, he tells him, “You’ve been running around like a chicken without head.”
Someone then mentions gratitude and Colin rasps, “Grateful is for dogs!”
What is with all the freakin’ animal talk?
And that’s not the end of it, by the way. Just at that moment, a cry is heard in the wilderness and then you hear the immortal:
“It’s just wolf.”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 21, 2011