BEVERLY HILLS, California — There are movies, there are jobs, and then there are labors of love.
Opening up tomorrow is “We Own the Night,” the new film by James Gray (“The Yards,” “Little Odessa”).
In the movie Joaquin Phoenix plays the son of a police captain who has parted ways with his family and gone off on his own. For Bobby, every night is a party, as he greets friends and customers or dances with his beautiful Puerto Rican girlfriend, Amada (Eva Mendes), in a haze of cigarette smoke and disco music. Bobby tries to keep a friendly distance from the Russian gangster who is operating out of the nightclub – a gangster who is being targeted by his brother, Joseph (Mark Wahlberg), an up-and-coming NYPD officer, and his father, Burt (Robert Duvall), the legendary deputy chief of police.
"I originally set it up with him at Warner Brothers.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura was president of production, and he was a good friend of mine. [After some difficulties] we finally got out of there and approached some different independent financiers, and were finally able to get the funding." And it looks like the audience will finally receive the fruits of this labor, in the form of the stars acting just a little bit better, a filmmaker directing just a little bit more passionately and the plot paying off as only eight years of preparation could permit.
Ferrell's goofy cop Allen Gamble is working at home with partner Terry Holtz (Mark Walhberg) when Eva walks in.