Moral and ethical boundaries are crossed with serious consequences in Felony, a new movie written by and starring Joel Edgerton. In the film, Edgerton plays Detective Mal Toohey, who is out celebrating with his crew after pulling off a successful drug bust. Despite having a few drinks, he feels okay to drive and gets behind the wheel. On his way home, however, he inadvertently clips and seriously injures a young boy riding his bicycle.
Mal does the right thing by calling the police, but he knowingly lies about how the boy crashed. Soon after, veteran detective Carl Summer (Tom Wilkinson) arrives on the scene with his partner, rookie cop Jim Mellic (Jai Courtney), and they both handle the incident differently. Carl is willing to cover it up for Mal’s sake, but Jim senses that something is off and becomes determined to get to find out what happened. For these three men, they will discover that revealing the truth has consequences that none of them are prepared to deal with.
Joel Edgerton and Jai Courtney were at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills, California last week for the Felony press day, where I landed an exclusive interview with the pair. Edgerton discussed the challenges he had in writing the script, and Courtney talked about how he approached his character.
Check it out in the video above and be sure to catch Felony as it’s now playing in theatres.