Entertainment Movie News

Thursday 27 April 2017

Brian O'Driscoll choreographs rugby scenes in new Irish film Handsome Devil

Brian O'Driscoll
Brian O'Driscoll
Mike Ross lining out alongside Brian O'Driscoll and Paul O'Connell
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Brian O'Driscoll is a man of many talents - and now the father-of-two can add choreographer to his CV.

The former Ireland and Lions rugby captain was tasked with choreographing a series of action-packed rugby scenes in new sports comedy, Handsome Devil.

THE WORLD’S A STAGE: Moe Dunford, star of Patrick’s Day. He says he could empathise with the film’s main character because he felt he was quite repressed. Photo: Gerry Mooney
THE WORLD’S A STAGE: Moe Dunford, star of Patrick’s Day. He says he could empathise with the film’s main character because he felt he was quite repressed. Photo: Gerry Mooney

The Irish flick stars Bond actor Andrew Scott, Keith Duffy's son Jay and IFTA-winning actor Moe Dunford.

Handsome Devil is the latest work from John Butler - the acclaimed writer and director of 2013 hit film The Stag, which starred O'Driscoll's wife Amy Huberman.

Set in a fee-paying private school, Handsome Devil is a coming-of-age story that pokes fun at Ireland's rugby culture.

So who better to show the cast the ropes than former Blackrock student BOD?

Actor Andrew Scott from Sherlock arrives on the red carpet for the IFTA Film and Drama Awards at the Mansion House in Dublin, Ireland on Sunday 24 May 2015. Photo credit: Barbara Lindberg.
Actor Andrew Scott from Sherlock arrives on the red carpet for the IFTA Film and Drama Awards at the Mansion House in Dublin, Ireland on Sunday 24 May 2015. Photo credit: Barbara Lindberg.

According to producer Rebecca O'Flanagan, O'Driscoll helped choreograph several of the larger group scenes.

"We needed an expert eye for the big set-pieces to make sure they looked credible," O'Flanagan said.

"Those sports scenes are very difficult. You have to make sure they look perfect and Brian very kindly agreed to help us out.

"Some of the cast had played rugby before, but Brian gave the scenes polish."

Unfortunately, O'Driscoll won't be making a cameo in the film, which is due for release in 2016.

Rising stars Nick Galitzine, who starred in dance movie High Strung, and Fionn O'Shea will take on the lead roles.

Irish actor O'Shea is tipped for stardom and will next appear alongside Jamie Dornan in Jadotville.

Game of Thrones star Michael McElhatton and Jay Duffy will have supporting roles in the light-hearted film.

Once filming on the movie draws to a close, Duffy plans on commencing a screen acting course at Dublin's Bow Street.

"We have an extremely strong and talented cast," producer O'Flanagan added.

"It's a very exciting project to work on."

While O'Driscoll's film career may be fleeting, his wife Amy is busy developing her screenplay, Bolt.

The comedy is based on Huberman's 2013 novel, I Wished For You.

The actress was inspired to write the screenplay after seeing the work comedians Amy Schumer, Amy Poehler, and Sharon Horgan were producing.

"I used to sit back and wish I could join that club and then it got to the point where I had to say, okay, let's just do it," she said.

Herald

Promoted articles

Editors Choice

Also in Entertainment