An Irishman Abroad

John Butler: Episode 189

April 29, 2017

John Butler is the director of The Stag and the recently released Handsome Devil. This week he joined Jarlath in London to tell the harsh truth behind growing up gay in Blackrock College. John describes for the very first time the moment in New York when he  decided he to come out (16:00) and desire for truth that it released within him creatively. There's also a hilarious description of the role archaic RTÉ structures played in taking his sketch show Your Bad Self almost 10 years to air (28:00)!

In powerful detail, John discusses the toxic masculinity (7:00) that inspired his latest movie, as well as the generation of people who feel the need to instil negativity in their children’s education based on their own experiences (59:00). From spotting the talent in Domhnall Gleeson early on (32:00), to the importance of getting knockbacks and accepting criticism (41:00) and his unique method for dealing with horrible people (56:00). This is a fascinating and one of a kind conversation with one of Ireland’s top creative talents.

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