Friday 19 December 2014

Chris O'Dowd: 'Audition ended my political career'

Published 12/04/2014 | 08:48

Chris O'Dowd is to appear on Broadway
Chris O'Dowd is to appear on Broadway
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Dawn Porter and Chris O'Dowd (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

HE IS known and loved for his roles on the big screen, but actor Chris O'Dowd could have ended up as a political speechwriter.

The Roscommon native (34), who is making his Broadway debut in John Steinbeck's classic Of Mice and Men opposite James Franco at the Longacre Theatre in New York, studied politics at UCD.

“All I'd done acting-wise was a bit of a part in Grease at school. So I really had no idea. I did politics because I thought it would be cool to be a political speech writer,” he said. “The idea of being a rabble-rouser is something I've always been attracted to.

FAME

“And then in my first week in college I went to support a friend at an audition for a play and that was it – I just fell in love with it.”

Despite being one of the biggest stars in the industry, O'Dowd insists that fame and recognition have not changed him.

“Everybody asks, ‘Do you think fame has changed you?' Well, for me it hasn't – but you know what? Everybody around me has changed,” he said.

“I can be as normal and the same as I was, but everybody has altered their opinion of me based on what I do now. “And that's unusual.

You're no longer allowed to be part of the human race because you're on TV.

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