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THE MOVIE: Domino

THE STARS:
Keira Knightley • Mickey Rourke • Delroy Lindo
DIRECTOR: Tony Scott

Domino Harvey THE CONCEPT:
Based on the true life story of Domino Harvey, the daughter of British movie star Laurence Harvey, who went from being a model to a bounty hunter.
Unfortunately, she died of an accidental drug overdose a few weeks ago and never saw the movie.

U.S. RELEASE: October 14 2005, Nationwide • Rated: R

THE COMMENTS:

TONY SCOTT:
“It’s a very complex story. It’s a huge jigsaw puzzle. The audience has to pay attention in order to stay with all the beats of the story. We play it in forward and play it in flashbacks. But for me the story is really about a girl who lives in the house on the hill and dreams of being bounty hunter, and then escapes that dream by the skin of her teeth – time stood still for that period – and that was the real Domino.”

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY:
“I met the real Domino twice before we started filming, partly because I was doing another film I didn’t get to spend the time that I’d need to have spent with her to do a direct characterization, so therefore I actually based the character on my best mate, because she was around a lot and I could look at her and go, ‘Right, okay, that’s it.’ Domino was around quite a lot during the film, which was great and Tony gave me interviews with Domino just to listen to, so I had some idea of the life experience that had gone into the whole bounty hunting thing.”

SCOTT:
“Domino was a person who loved to touch the dark side and she was an adrenaline junkie, and I think I’ve always been attracted to people like that throughout my life, people who are extreme in terms of reaching for dangerous places, whether it’s drugs or kicking down doors, and normally the people in my life have escaped and managed to get back. I was always telling her, ‘Listen, you’re going to kick down one too many doors, and the guy on the other side is going to have a bigger gun than you, and you’re going to end up dead.’ I was always trying to guide her through her life. But she was always up and down, and at the very end she was the happiest and the most stable I’d seen her, and then she died, which is sad, she never saw the finished product.”

KNIGHTLEY:
“The guns were the biggest challenge for me. I enjoy doing action sequences, so I was really surprised at how freaked out I was. I was kind of alright with the shotgun, and I was fine with the semi-automatic, but the machinegun, I shot it the first time and got so freaked out that I burst into tears, it absolutely crippled me.”

SCOTT:
“Domino led a hard life in terms of what she did and drugs, so it didn’t surprise me that she died, because whether she was going to be taken down with a gun or taken down with drugs, it’s all part and parcel of your expectation of how long their life’s going to be.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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