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PRIDE AND GLORY

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The first actor cast in "Pride and Glory” was Edward Norton. "Gavin and I have always thought that Edward is among the finest actors in the world, so he was always at the top of our list to play Ray,” Greg says.

Gavin adds that Norton was integrally involved in the development of his role. "We did a lot of biographical work on the character of Ray, who was a rising star in the NYPD until an earlier incident compromised his integrity and sent him into a kind of self imposed exile, working in Missing Persons. For a detective in the NYPD, Missing Persons is like being banished to Siberia. A cop on the rise doesn't go to Missing Persons.”

Ray's voluntary banishment comes to an end when his father, the Chief of Manhattan Detectives, comes to him on a volatile narcotics/homicide investigation involving the murder of four NYPD officers, including Ray's onetime partner and best friend. Knowing it could have far-reaching ramifications for his department, the Chief practically begs Ray to take over the case and, reluctantly, Ray agrees.

Norton says, "I think Ray's father, brothers and colleagues all think that Ray wants to get back into the game, but Ray's secret is that he's more than ready to leave it all behind. I don't think anybody realizes the degree of his disillusionment because of the burden of another incident in his past. Ray's dilemma is different from anything I've ever played. It's a conflict between his own interests and his internal sense of right and wrong, between his loyalty to his comrades in arms and his loyalty to his family. "It was an interesting challenge for me as an actor,” Norton continues, "because at first you're wondering, ‘What's with this guy?' And then there's a slow peeling away of the layers leading to the truth.”

The truth hits a lot closer to home than Ray ever imagined when the evidence begins to implicate members of his own department, including his brother-in-law, Jimmy Egan. Colin Farrell plays Jimmy, a cop who has allowed frustration and greed to chip away at the things he most valued, causing him to compromise both his career and his family, which are inextricably linked. Farrell relates, "Jimmy is a cop who married into a family of cops—his wife's father and her two brothers are all cops. But somewhere along the way, he took a step over to the wrong side of the law. Just a little bit at first, but then he took another step, and another…and before he knew it, the line he crossed was completely out of his view. In many ways, he is a contradiction: with his family, there is a softness to him and a great ability to love, but he also has a great deal of anger and fear.”

"I've always been a big fan of Colin's,” says Gavin. "I met with him and we talked at length about the story and what we were going for with the character of Jimmy. Our goal was how to convey the humanity in him and help the audience see what drove him over the line. After so many times of arresting guys and then seeing them right back on the streets, it kind of beat Jimmy up inside. When you've been bumping up against criminals for so long, you can go one way or the other. Jimmy finally came to this huge rationalization about how he could take advantage of his job in order to survive.”

"The way Jimmy has run his life outside the house starts pervading through the walls of his home and touching his family. That's when it all really hits the fan,” Farrell states. "There are absolute consequences for his actions; everyone involved has so much to lose.”

The far-reaching consequences of Jimmy's actions go all the way up to the highest ranks of the police department and to the head of his family. For Jimmy, both are embodied in the same person: his father-in-law, Francis Tierney, Sr., who is the Chief of Manhattan Detectives.

Jon Voight, who plays Chief Tierney, observ

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