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Thursday 17 April 2014

Keating starting to look the part after 'Hobbit' rejection

Ronan Keating – on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in France – is keen to land more film roles

BOYZONE star Ronan Keating hopes the success of his new movie will mean top film roles are easier to land in the future.

The singer-turned-actor strolled down the red carpet in the French Riviera resort of Cannes this week -- hanging out with Hollywood stars like Brad Pitt.

And the 35-year-old is hoping his role in 'Goddess' -- which is being screened in Cannes for potential buyers -- will mean casting agents spot him in action so he doesn't have to endure further audition heartache.

The father of three told the Irish Independent yesterday he had tried and failed in the past to get roles in such major blockbusters as 'Moulin Rouge' and in ' The Hobbit'.

But he added he was now in contention for another major film in Los Angeles.

"I've been waiting for the moment to get the film ('Goddess') out and it is great people having faith in me. By seeing the film people can make their mind up and hopefully they think I can act," Mr Keating said.

Mr Keating refused to give any details about the production he's vying for in case he doesn't land the part.

The role he went for in director Peter Jackson's fantasy blockbuster 'The Hobbit' was similar to the elf warrior role played by Orlando Bloom in 'The Lord Of The Rings'.

He has also worked with accent coaches to perfect his voice for certain roles -- including an American voice coach and Patrick Sutton in the Gaiety School of Acting.

Mr Keating was photographed on the red carpet with his 'Goddess' co-star, British actress Laura Michelle Kelly, as they publicised their film.

He also attended the premiere of gangster movie 'Killing Them Softly', where star Brad Pitt was also turning heads.

"It was incredible, such a great buzz. Brad was turning up and all the cast from the film. I was a little bit of a fan to be honest," Mr Keating said.

'Goddess', a romantic comedy, was shot in Sydney and Tasmania last year and tells the story of young English mum Elspeth Dickens, played by Ms Kelly, who is stuck in a remote farmhouse in southern Australia with her twin toddlers, while her marine scientist husband James, played by Mr Keating, is away studying whales.

She turns into an internet sensation after installing a webcam over the sink which captures her singing about domestic drudgery.

Meanwhile, an Irish film due to be screened in Cannes last night was pulled at the last minute due to technical difficulties.

Its producers said that while the festival organisers apologised for the error, they had lost the opportunity to screen 'Songs for Amy' to potential buyers.

'Songs for Amy' is a love story inspired by the traditional music in the west of Ireland and was only completed a month ago.

Irish Independent

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