Byrne Denounces Irish Roots
GABRIEL BYRNE is turning his back on his Irish upbringing after spending the last two decades acting in the US. The Dublin-born THE USUAL SUSPECTS star, 56, considers himself an American of Irish descent, and now resides in New York to be close to his ex-wife ELLEN BARKIN and their two children JACK DANIEL, 17, and ROMEY MARION, 14. He says, "You cannot really return to where you came from. Anyone who is an immigrant or exile understands the conflict between where you come from and where you are now. Byrne adds, "I went to Los Angeles, where time doesn't exist and youth is venerated over age. And when I went back to Ireland, I found it extremely difficult to understand and I was no longer part of that world."