Cannes: John C. Reilly Talks About His "Embarrassment of Riches"

The actor has three films in the festival, including 'The Lobster,' which world premiered on Friday.

Just three days into the Cannes film festival and John C. Reilly is already emerging as one of the stars of the show. Not only is he in three festival films this year, but his colonial three-piece style, complete with panama hat and cane, is becoming something of a sartorial favorite.

"I’m very lucky to be in three films here this year, it’s an embarrassment of riches," he said at the press conference for The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos’ dark comedy, which is having its world premiere, as part of the main competition, on Friday.

The film sees singletons in a dystopian near-future sent to a hotel where they must find a mate in 45 days or else be transformed into an animal of their choosing. And while the entire cast – also including Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw and Lea Seydoux – were praising of Lanthimos’ work and filmmaking, not many appeared to know exactly what the film was about.

"I didn’t understand it. And I’m not sure if I still do," admitted Farrell. "I think it’s a film more than any film I’ve done that is open to interpretation. I found it deeply, deeply moving, yet there are no emotional peaks on it. But it’s the kind of film that just being in it doesn’t mean that I know more about this than anybody who may go and see it."

Whishaw also didn’t appear to be much wiser. "I don’t really know what the film was about, I really don’t," the Paddington and James Bond star said, although he added that he hadn’t yet seen it. "I suspect it might be the kind of film that feels different every time you see it."

Reilly said that he found The Lobster “wickedly funny" and loved its “sinister qualities,” adding that filming The Lobster last year in Ireland was a major highlight.

"We were all staying in this little tiny town together, so there was this whole other world around the scenes; this amazing family of people coming together from all these different countries and all these different backgrounds and all these different languages," he said. "It was thrilling. It was like being invited to the most wonderful dinner party in the middle of nowhere."