Saturday 10 December 2016

From a galaxy far, far away ... to a gym in Dingle at 5am

Star Wars actor Adam Driver has been training at Dingle gym

Published 24/05/2016 | 06:00

Adam Driver, who plays evil Kylo Ren in ‘Star Wars’ Episodes
VII and VIII, has been putting in the hours at a local gym in Dingle
Adam Driver, who plays evil Kylo Ren in ‘Star Wars’ Episodes VII and VIII, has been putting in the hours at a local gym in Dingle

It's hard work being the villain of the galaxy - and it requires regular training, even when filming on location.

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Adam Driver, who plays evil Kylo Ren in 'Star Wars' Episodes VII and VIII, has been putting in the hours at a local gym in Dingle while filming in west Kerry.

The 32-year-old has been arriving at West Kerry Fitness on John Street, often as early as 5am, with his personal trainer Simon Waterson.

Owners Shane Finn and Mark Evans are happy to oblige by opening early and sometimes staying open late.

"He's the most down-to-earth guy you could meet and he's very nice to us," Shane Finn told the Irish Independent.

"He loves Dingle and says it's so secluded they can train here without any trouble."

Yesterday, following his training session, Driver presented the gym with a 'Star Wars' T-shirt as a memento and wrote on it, "To Shane and Mark from Adam and Simon. Keep your coffee on the dark side", a reference to the coffee they serve in the gym, which Driver describes as "the best in Dingle".

Filming in west Kerry is ahead of schedule and is due to wrap today.

Most of the filming took place on Ceann Sibéal in Ballyferriter, where the Jedi temple set was built, but yesterday it was the turn of Dunmore Head in Dún Chaoin.

Gardaí and security staff cordoned off the Wild Atlantic Way viewing point at Coumeenole, while access to the beach was closed yesterday to facilitate filming.

A third site at Fearann near Ceann Sibéal was also used and it's understood the production team is also considering a fourth location in west Kerry.

There have also been sightings of key cast members around the town.

Mark Hamill, who has reprised his Luke Skywalker role, was spotted at the Skellig Hotel, while Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, was seen in the Courthouse pub during the week.

Also spotted around town was Carrie Fisher, who plays Princess Leia.

Irish Independent

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