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Saturday 30 August 2014

Colin Farrell's arrival gets quiet village dreaming of its own 'Quiet Man'

Majella O'Sullivan

Published 25/03/2014 | 02:30

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Actor Colin Farrell in Kenmare, Co Kerry. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (MacMonagle, Killarney)
Actor Colin Farrell in Kenmare, Co Kerry. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (MacMonagle, Killarney)
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It was only a quick bite for Colin Farrell during a busy schedule on the first day of filming for his new movie 'The Lobster'.

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Still in costume, the actor walked the short distance from the Park Hotel Kenmare but he enjoyed only a 20-minute break before heading back to the closed set at the apartments of the luxury hotel for the afternoon.

In the Bold Thady Quill Bar of Kenmare's Lansdowne Arms Hotel, he and other crew members enjoyed chicken curry and beef stroganoff.

Sporting a moustache and glasses, grey jacket, blue shirt and trousers over brown brogues, Farrell turned his face from the photographer's lens but happily took pictures with hotel staff.

"He warned me that I wasn't even to put them on Facebook or anything because he was in costume and he joked that he knew where to find me," hotel head chef Paul Walsh told the Irish Independent.

He said Mr Farrell was very nice and had complimented him on the tasty lunch.

The bar remained closed to the public and had opened for lunch especially to cater for the crew.

'The Lobster', a sci-fi romance directed by Greek Yorgos Lanthimos, also stars Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz (inset), though she is not expected to arrive for another few weeks.

Described as a love story set in a dystopian future where finding a partner is a matter of life and death, the film is Lanthimos's sixth in total and first in English.

The movie will also star Ben Whishaw, who played Q in the James Bond movie 'Skyfall', and Lea Seydoux of 'Midnight in Paris' and 'Inglorious Basterds'.

Cast and crew are staying at the five-star Parknasilla Hotel in Sneem, where most of the filming will be done.

They will be in Kerry for six weeks, with the first fortnight spent filming on location in Kenmare.

Presenter of RTE's 'At Your Service', John Brennan, who owns the Park Hotel with his brother and co-presenter Francis, said the filming was a welcome boost to the area.

"It's wonderful that they're here and it's good for us all," he said.

In D O'Shea's bar in the North Square in Sneem, talk of film stars dominated the discussion.

"They're still talking about 'The Quiet Man' in Cong and 'Ryan's Daughter' in west Kerry, so this will be a great boost for Sneem," pub owner Mary Kavanagh said.

Irish Independent

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