Love/Hate star John Connors to play lead role in in 'Boyz in the Hood-style' gangster film
Published 27/06/2016 | 14:37
Love/Hate actor John Connors will star in a new film which is said to offer a realistic look at Irish gangland culture.
The actor, who played Irish traveller Patrick in RTE crime drama Love/Hate is excited about his new role.
"It's about the crime culture in Dublin. I grew up in Darndale," he said.
"I've seen first hand what it's like at street level, and how the small-time criminals try to climb the ladder and the more egotistical they become.
"It's all part of the gangster image when you get a bit of power and control.
Connors will play the head of a gang of small-time hash dealers in the movie he co-wrote with filmmaker Mark O'Connor.
He added: "We've seen throughout gangland history how even if they're in their 50s and 60s, how he past can come back to haunt them.
"There's a karma that comes with it and the film shows that."
The Dublin actor will play Jay Connolly, a young man on the dole and a part-time DJ living in Darndale. He turns to drug dealing to earn a bit of extra money but ends up using more than he sells.
Connors said that his character is then dealt with two life-changing events.
"His girlfriend becomes pregnant and he finds out that his mother's house is under threat of being taken by the bank."
He said that he didn't want the film to be "preachy".
"I wanted it to be a social realist gangster film, like Boyz in the Hood or Paid in Full."
The film will get its world premiere at Galway Film Fleadh in July.