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Jack Reynor set to be joined by another Irish actor in Transformers 4

Published 13/06/2014 | 19:27

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He's fast becoming Hollywood’s new heartthrob, but Jack Reynor is not the only Irish actor in Michael Bay’s summer blockbuster Transformers 4.

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Dubliner Glenn Keogh secured a part in the forthcoming Hollywood flick last year around the same time that Jack was lined up to play a male lead and he has seen his credits enjoy a major boost since filming his scenes for the Steven Spielberg produced movie.

Transformers 4 will hit cinemas worldwide on June 27.

“It was an unbelievable experience getting to work on this film, but I wasn’t allowed to even mention I’m in it for months,” Glenn told Independent.ie.

“It’s only now that its gearing up to the release date that I can say anything.

“I’m in the first portion of the film, but what kind of character I’m playing is being kept secret. I shot my scenes in Chicago.”

Blackrock-born Glenn, who is based in Los Angeles after packing his bags and moving there seven years ago, has picked up roles in a string of US productions thanks to his involvement in the Transformers franchise’s latest instalment and he is currently featuring in three programmes stateside.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have a great run recently,” he said.

“I’m being kept busy which is a great feeling.

Glenn will appear as an immigrations officer in season two of hit TV drama Ray Donovan, opposite Eddie Marsan and Liev Schreiber, when it airs in the autumn.

In addition, he recently completed production on Scorpion, a CBS thriller about genius children.

“I play the father of a child taken away to help solve crime around the world with the FBI and we’ve just shot the pilot, which they spent over €8m on, so we’ll see what happens,” he said.

“I’ve also been in a recurring since October as a monk in Days of Our Lives, advising a priest who sleeps with a woman - that’s always fun on set.

“I’ve done 11 episodes so far.”

Although many actors detest the notion of being typecast, Blackrock-born Glenn has no problem continually playing the gangster or “the Irish guy”.

“It’s like being the go-to person for a certain part, which isn’t a bad thing. It bugged me for the first five years or so that these were mostly the roles I was getting, but it turned out to be the best thing to happen – I’ll always get the audition, at the very least,” he said.

While he harbours ambitions of performing to Irish audiences, Glenn insisted he wouldn’t give up life in California.

“I’d love to come back to Ireland, but the casting directors tend to work with actors that are local,” he said.

“It’s also hard to come back when you’re completely unknown back there - I studied drama in Australia.”

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