river dance Alum Michael Flatley is being mocked online over the newly released trailer for his film blackbird.
Flatley himself stars in his debut film as Victor Blackley, an ex-MI6 agent who is drawn back into the job he quit after retiring to the Caribbean to open a nightclub.
“I doubt that the Michael Flatley film produced and directed by Michael Flatley, produced by Michael Flatley’s production company and financed by Michael Flatley, will give Michael Flatley any money back,” one person predicted about the flick via Twitter.
Another chimed in: “Wee Budget Productions presents Michael Flatley as a man desperate to cling to any relevance.”
A third didn’t hold back with, “Well that looks like shit,” while a fourth asked, “Is that real or a parody? #GenuineQuestion!!”
Despite the backlash, many defended the Irish-American’s work. “I’ve waited years to see this,” wrote one user. “I thought it might never see the light of day.” A second added: “That looks amazing,” while another said: “Years. I’ve waited years for this! International release? Streaming? Please!”
Flatley, 63, was recognized for his role in Best Actor blackbird at its premiere at the Monaco Film Festival. There are also some talented actors co-starring alongside him including Eric Roberts (The dark knight, the Expendables), Nicole Evans (Captain America), Ian Beattie (game of Thrones) and Patrick Bergin (sleeping with the enemy).
Before its release, the Lord of the Dance Frontman thought about the film.
“I am very happy about the publication blackbird in cinemas across Ireland. The pandemic has caused many unprecedented production delays, but we’re finally here,” he said, per MSN. “As well as filming on location in Barbados and the UK, we also shot a lot of scenes in Ireland, so premiering here was always the right choice. There is nothing more breathtaking than the Irish countryside.”
In conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Flatley hit back at speculation the production was a vanity project. He claimed to the outlet that he had received “multiple offers” from international dealers.
Nevertheless, THR reported that the film originally premiered at London’s Raindance Film Festival in September 2018. Apparently journalists weren’t allowed in and there were no reviews or reactions on social media. Even Flatley’s Instagram account, which once posted updates on the project, went dark.
blackbird will finally hit Irish cinemas on September 2nd. There’s no word yet on an international release.