Breakthrough farm animal in Martin McDonagh film lives in the spotlight: “We just don’t want her in any shit movies.”
She is one of the most watched stars of awards season One, she is a newcomer to the screen, her spot-stealing performance has been talked about in countless columns, and her name has been mentioned in countless acceptance speeches. However, Jenny the Donkey — by Martin McDonagh emerges from equine obscurity and joins his dark Irish comedy
Given the accolades her co-stars have received, THR – found myself on the Emerald Isle at the Dublin International Film Festival – hoping to find Jenny so she could at least enjoy some attention. Of course, with the stretch of Oscar’s finals, making People and publicists will be keen to assist with any eventual media push towards the finish line.
While Searchlight reps initially seemed interested in helping, they quickly quieted down, eventually citing — a full week before the trip — “no time” to arrange such a meeting (Jenny In the back? Backrest?). But then it became clear that claiming a busy schedule was just a sly ruse. Not only did Jenny do no news reporting at all, but her whereabouts were kept strictly on a need-to-know basis.
“Jenny’s location is a closely guarded secret,” an insider told THR Once in Dublin, admitting that even she–one actually had been in Banshees – don’t believe what you’re told in the necessary circles.
As has been widely reported, once the shot is wrapped in 2021 film, producers paid Jenny to retire early (“We just don’t want her to do any shit movies,” Macdonald previously explained to THR Pass
). In several articles and social media posts, it is claimed that she is now happily living in the Midlands region of Ireland. But in other interviews, her on-set manager, Rita Moloney of Fircroft Animal Actors, said that Jenny and the other miniature donkeys (apparently there were about five) lived further south in County Carlow somewhere. place. Regardless, emails were sent to several donkey sanctuaries that met the requirements.
However, an executive involved in the film claimed that THR Jenny “was” at Carlow, but was “transferred”. They also don’t know where to go.
True or not, it feels like an elaborate ruse operation is being deployed to keep fans and reporters, even those who absolutely promise not to, from revealing Jennie’s to anyone Location. This became even more apparent when every shelter contacted did not respond. Apparently, all of Ireland is trying to protect the country’s four-legged star from the pressures and pitfalls of reputation. As the executive later asserted: “We just want her to enjoy her retirement in peace.”
Sadly, there’s no time for a drive around Ireland with a picture of Jenny, asking strangers Have they “seen” the donkey” (apparently a little bigger now than in the movie – Condon reveals she’s “filled up” in the pictures she’s seen), THR gave up its pursuit.
Maybe Jenny really wants to spend Her post – Banshees life away from the camera, no interest in enjoying 03 minutes of her life. Or maybe, with the Oscars on the horizon, one wrong move is enough to break the On balance, PR people just don’t want to make a fool of an ass with no media training.
A version of this story first appeared on In the March 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter. .
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