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Get a taste of Irish talent this St. Patrick's Day.
In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, we recognise some of the world's top Irish actors and the impact they've had on the Hollywood film industry. The list could go on forever of course, but these are just a few whose performances on the big screen have stuck with us.
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Today (March 17th) is the day that the Irish celebrate the life of the Patron Saint of Ireland, usually by drinking Guinness and wearing silly hats with shamrocks on. It's not a holiday very well understood to people outside of Ireland and, indeed, even less so outside the UK. However, we've decided to weigh in on the festivities by honouring some of the world's favourite Irish people - namely, actors that have risen to Hollywood stardom.
Chris O'Dowd found fame on 'The IT Crowd'
Jake has always been an ordinary boy but when he finds himself on a small island, things begin to happen that few people would be able to explain. His new friend, a beautiful young girl named Emma seems to be able to perform miraculous occurrences start to happen.
Things become a little clearer - yet utterly more baffling - when he's taken to meet Miss Peregrine at her exceptional orphanage for children. As Jacob is quick to learn, each of Miss Peregrine's kids has a special ability, something unique to them. Emma can control oxygen and must wear hefty boots to keep her feet firmly attached to the ground, whilst Bronwyn is a little girl with incredible physical strength.
Miss Peregrine is the protector of the children and acts as their matriarch. To keep them safe she's formulated a way of manipulating time to keep the kids away from dangerous monsters who hunt them down - however, as the dark forces become stronger the Children are placed in more and more danger - unbeknownst to Jacob, perhaps he holds the key to keeping his new friends safe.
Chris O'Dowd believes James Franco finds himself in trouble because he's too ''handsome.''
The 36-year-old actor starred opposite the good-looking star, 37, in the Broadway production 'Of Mice and Men' and has admitted he became a big fan of his after meeting him.
Speaking to the Independent newspaper, he said: ''James is great. I think he's genuinely trying to do interesting things. Not everybody is. He takes a lot of flak for it, which I've never really understood. If he wasn't so handsome, I think he'd be celebrated much more.''
Continue reading: Chris O'Dowd: James Franco's 'handsome' Looks Get Him Into Trouble
Actor Chris O'dowd Panicked During A Meeting With The Program Producers As He Feared They Planned To Offer Him The Role Of Lance Armstrong.
The Irish star plays real-life journalist David Walsh in the new movie, which examines the disgraced cyclist's years of drug cheating during his Tour de France victories and the reporter's dogged quest to unmask him.
The project was considered top secret when director Stephen Frears was sounding out potential actors for the film, and when O'Dowd was called to the meeting he feared he was about to be offered the lead role, which would have meant a massive fitness drive to prepare himself.
"(Frears) said, 'I can't tell you what the project's about, but it's kind of controversial!'," O'Dowd tells British newspaper The Times. "He then said, 'Chris, what do you know about Lance Armstrong?' And immediately your mind goes a mile a minute, and I'm thinking, 'Could I play Lance Armstrong? Do I still have my bike? I'll have to lose a couple of stone!'
Continue reading: Chris O'dowd Feared Fitness Regime For Lance Armstrong Casting
Irish Actor Chris O'dowd Rarely Shoots Sex Scenes Because Directors Fear His Naked Body Would Horrify Cinema Audiences.
The Bridesmaids star often hopes for a saucy moment when he is filming, but he is haunted by an incident earlier in his career when he started to peel off his clothes and producers changed their minds when they saw him undressed.
He confessed his insecurities during an interview with U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, who described the actor as "heartthrob-ish".
O'Dowd said, "The 'ish' is justified. I don't get to do a lot of sex stuff in my films - not from want of trying. I've tried it a couple of times and they didn't care for it - the clothes started coming off and the director shouted, 'Cut, no, we want people to watch the film!'"
Continue reading: Chris O'dowd Scared Producers In Sex Scene
A whooshing pace and snappy dialogue help bring this true story to life, tracing the triumphant and scandalous career of cyclist Lance Armstrong. And the energetic approach helps bring out several layers in Armstrong's perspective, exploring why a top sportsman would cheat to win. It also features a steely performance from Ben Foster that captures Armstrong's physicality and personality, but not in the usual ways.
When he was 25, Armstrong (Foster) was already a star, but his career was cut short in 1996 by advanced testicular cancer. After recovering, he retrained himself as a long-distance cyclist and launched a global cancer charity, then went on to win seven Tour de France titles. His friend, Irish journalist David Walsh (Chris O'Dowd) noticed that his improvement was too good to be true, and continually challenged him to be honest about his work with controversial doctor Michele Ferari (Guillaume Canet). Armstrong defended his name in court, but years later the truth came out that throughout his career he had been systematically cheating with banned drugs and blood-cleansing processes. The truth came out in 2010, but he didn't admit the deception until an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2013.
Since this was so thoroughly reported in the media, and finely detailed in Alex Gibney's acclaimed documentary The Armstrong Lie, there aren't any surprises in this movie. And despite being based on Walsh's book Seven Deadly Sins, the film takes Armstrong's perspective, trying to get under his skin to reveal his motivation. John Hodge's screenplay is insightful, building some strong dramatic suspense along the way, and the film is sharply well-directed by Stephen Frears, a filmmaker better known for softer movies (like Philomena and The Queen). But he guides Foster to a strikingly physical performance that's sweaty and aggressive, and also darkly internalised. Stand-outs in the supporting cast include Jesse Plemons as a fellow cyclist haunted by his conscience and Denis Menochet as Armstrong's team manager.
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Foster revealed last month that he had taken performance-enhancing drugs to get him in the correct mindset before making 'The Program'.
Ben Foster, the actor who is portraying the disgraced former world champion cyclist Lance Armstrong in the upcoming movie The Program, has revealed the alarming effects that performance-enhancing drugs have had on his body.
Speaking to the BBC’s ‘Newsbeat’, the 34 year old actor said that he took part in an entirely legal “programme which was supervised by a doctor” that took place before shooting commenced, because he wanted to “better understand why they took drugs”.
The Program is released on Wednesday October 14th in Britain, having been out in North America a month ago, and is an adaptation of a book called ‘Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong’ by journalist David Walsh (played by Chris O’Dowd in the movie). Foster was intent on getting as close to the mindset of a competitive cyclist as possible, but concluded that the drugs “definitely damaged” his body despite only being on them for a short time.
Chris O'dowd's Comedy Series Moone Boy Looks Set To Win Big At The Irish Film And Television Academy (Ifta)'S Tv Awards After Scoring Five Nominations.
The Bridesmaids star's TV series, which he created in 2012, is nominated for the best comedy prize, and Deirdre O'Kane has won a nod for best female performance.
O'Dowd will compete for three trophies - best male performance, director - soap and comedy, and writer, alongside his co-writer Nick Vincent Murphy.
The funnyman celebrated on Twitter.com, writing, "Big Congrats (sic) to all the marvellous Moone Boy messers (jokers) on the 5 @IFTA nominations! (sic)"
Continue reading: Chris O'dowd Scoops Five Ifta Tv Nominations
Lance Armstrong was an athlete the entire world loved to support. Having beaten testicular cancer the cyclist went on to win numerous titles around the world including seven gold consecutive gold medals for the Tour De France, which has become known as the hardest bike rice in the world. He had few doubters, everyone loved the superman that he'd become and wanted to believe in the story surrounding his success.
One of those few doubters was David Walsh, a sports reporter with The Sunday Times newspaper. After digging into Lance and his team mates, Walsh began to build a case with more and more information backing his thoughts on Lance. One such piece of evidence was Armstrong's connection to an Italian doctor named Michele Ferrari. What followed was years of Walsh digging and uncovering the real truth behind Armstrong.
The Program is based on David Walsh's 2012 book 'Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong'.
Ben Foster has admitted he took performance-enhancing drugs, under the supervision of his doctor, to help him get into character for his role as Lance Armstrong in 'The Program.'
The 34-year-old actor took performance-enhancing drugs, under the supervision of his doctor, to give him a better understanding of the disgraced Tour de France winner.
He told the Guardian newspaper: ''For my investigation it was important for me privately to understand it. And they work. Even discussing it feels tricky because it isn't something I'd recommend to fellow actors.''
Continue reading: Ben Foster Took Drugs For Film Role
Date of birth
9th October, 1979
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