Michael Ireland, a 1995 Southwestern Central School graduate, served as on-set producer for the film.
According to Ireland
produced movies, such as "Red Riding
Hood" and "Orphan," and a lot of television shows, but "Out of the Furnace" is easily the most rewarding experience of his
career thus far.
"Getting a movie made is partly luck, but it's mostly effort," Ireland
"I think people in the area will recognize some of the characters in the movie," Ireland
"It's doing OK at the box office, but critically, the response has been phenomenal," Ireland
"People are praising the filmmaking and performances as throwbacks to the great cinema of the 1970s."
Ireland, who is currently working as vice president of production for Twentieth Century Fox, found the script for "Out of the Furnace" four years ago while working at Appian Way, Leonardo DiCaprio's production company, he said.
"We put the project together with the director and our producing partners," Ireland
"It took a long, circuitous route to production, but once Christian said he
was on board, everything moved at the speed of light."
However, it wasn't just Bale who made working on the project enjoyable for Ireland
Everyone involved brought an enormous amount of talent, he
"Great crew, great cast and great city," Ireland
"Working with people who are that talented is kind of awe inspiring.
To be honest, they were all so good I didn't have to do anything besides sit at Video Village and eat snacks all day."
Yet, out of everyone Ireland
collaborated with on the film, his
experience with Cooper is one of the major reasons the project was rewarding, he
is at the top of the list - a true artist and good friend," Ireland
"It was over Easter, so I got to see my family for the holiday," Ireland
"I also spent Mother's Day with my mom, which I don't think has happened since college.
We went to a fancy restaurant called Applebee's."
currently lives in Los Angeles, with his
wife, Jay, and their dog, Lloyd, who is named after the "Say Anything" character.