3 March 2013 8:49 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The first thing out of the mouth of Broken City director Allen Hughes is an apology.

.My apologies for my tardiness, the previous journalist kept me on the phone too long,. he says, before adding, .It.s not all their fault though. Once you get me going I don.t stop..

Hughes does indeed have a lot to say about his latest project, the gritty noir thriller Broken City starring Russell Crowe, Mark Wahlberg and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The film follows ex-cop, now private-detective Billy Taggart (Wahlberg) who is hired by corrupt New York mayor Nicholas Hostetler (Crowe), to investigate his seemingly-unfaithful wife (Zeta-Jones). But as the mayoral election campaign takes off and Taggart becomes more deeply involved in the case, he begins to suspect Hostetler.s motives may not be as straight forward as they originally seemed.

Hughes says the script, written by Brian Tucker, originally came to him via his agent, »

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