Interview: Director Chris Morris Talks Minor League Terrorists, Gallows Humor, and ‘Four Lions’

How is Osama Bin Laden like Prince? If you’ve been wondering the answer to this burning question, Chris Morris might just have the answer for you. The writer/director just had his first film, Four Lions, picked up for distribution by Tim League’s new Alamo Drafthouse releasing arm.

The comedy focuses on four wanna be terrorists who can’t do anything correctly. The humor takes something completely inhuman in our society and reminds us that there’s a comedic folly to some of the people out there trying to blow us up. It’s a smart film that treats the threat of violence with the severity it deserves while still delivering an absurd amount of Three Stooges-like, bumbling comedic moments that come with being human.

You can check out my review of the film here, but be sure to watch the interview to find out what Joaquin Phoenix has to do with Al Qaeda, what happens when a woman wearing a niqab laughs, and how to stop terrorism once and for all with movies and twitter.

Check after the jump for the cities where Four Lions will see the darkness of the theater on November 5th:

Angelika Film Center, New York NY

Regent Westwood, Los Angeles CA

E Street, Washington DC

Kendall Square, Boston MA

Ritz at the Bourse, Philadelphia PA

Lumiere, San Francisco CA

Shattuck, Berkeley CA

Varsity, Seattle WA

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – South Lamar, Austin TX


A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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