Irish Transformers star jets home for Christmas toy appeal
ACTOR Jack Reynor will take part in the RTE 2FM Toy Appeal this year and has fittingly decided to donate a Transformers doll for the annual Christmas campaign.
Reynor will join a string of well-known faces to descend upon Brown Thomas on Dublin’s Grafton Street tomorrow to contribute to the appeal, now in its fourth year running in aid of St. Vincent de Paul.
The 22-year-old returned from the US earlier this month, where he has been shooting Michael Bay’s ‘Transformers: The Age of Extinction’, opposite Mark Wahlberg.
Wicklow-born Reynor, who won an IFTA award for his part in Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘What Richard Did’ , was introduced to American audiences earlier this month while attending Hollywood screenings of ‘Delivery Man’, with Vince Vaughn and Simon Delaney.
However, it is his role as Shane, the love interest of Wahlberg’s daughter in the fourth instalment of action franchise ‘Transformers’, that will no doubt lead to further success for the rising star overseas after it is released in June 2014.
The Toy Appeal campaign originated as the ‘Toys for Tubs’ initiative in 2010 and over the past three years has collected 150,000 toys donated and distributed to families in need.
“Over 65,000 toys were donated last year to value of €1m, so we’re hoping to beat that this time and up the ante,” Tubridy told the Irish Independent.
Tubridy, who has been affiliated St. Vincent de Paul with for 20 years, is encouraging the Irish public to give back to others over the Christmas period.
Tomorrow the 40-year-old and his fellow 2FM presenters Hector O hEochagain, Colm Hayes, Larry Gogan and Rick O’Shea will broadcast live from the store window and Reynor is one of many well-known faces expected to pop in with a donation.
Others to turn up with a toy include Niall Quinn, ‘Love/Hate’ actress Aoibhinn McGinnity, retired RTE newscaster Anne Doyle, Westlife star Nicky Byrne and celebrity chef Catherine Fulvio.