Thursday 8 December 2016

Michael Collins would be 'p****d off' with current Irish politicians - Aidan Quinn

Published 20/02/2016 | 16:04

Michael Collins might not be very pleased with the current crop of Irish politicians, according a star of the 1996 hit film that tells his story.

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Irish-American actor Aidan Quinn, who was raised in both Dublin and Offaly, said the Irish icon would have split feelings when it comes to modern politicians.

MICHAEL COLLINS, Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson, Aiden Quinn, 1996
MICHAEL COLLINS, Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson, Aiden Quinn, 1996

"A part of him would be proud and part of him would be dismayed and pissed off, like the rest of us," he said.

The 'Elementary' star admitted he's not as familiar with Irish politics as he used to be, since he spends most of his time living and working in America.

Quinn joined a variety of cast and crew members from 'Michael Collins' to mark 20 years since the film debuted, as part of the part of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival.

Director Neil Jordan was among the crowd celebrating the film's anniversary and agreed that Collins would be no fan of contemporary politicians.

Actors in the Michael Collins film, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson, and Alan Rickman.
Actors in the Michael Collins film, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson, and Alan Rickman.

"I think it's lucky he's not around actually. The landscape has changed so much really," he said.

The Sligo native said he was fond of People Before Profit Alliance candidate Richard Boyd Barrett.

"He's not Michael Collins either," he added.

The movie, which will be released on Blu Ray for the first time next month, also starred Alan Rickman, who died last month after a battle with cancer at the age of 69.

The English actor, who played Eamon DeValera, made his final public appearance in Ireland at last year's film festival. Quinn, who played republican politician Harry Boland, said Rickman's Irish roots were very important to him.

"Year's after filming, I met [Alan] in Whelan's at a concert and I realised he had a huge affinity for all things Irish that he loved.

"He was a lovely man and an incredible talent and he'll be missed."

Jordan, who also directed 'Interview With The Vampire' and 'Crying Game' said both the film and playing DeValera on screen were very important to Rickman.

Michael Collins, will receive a welcome release for the first time on Blu Ray on March 4th, followed by a re-release in cinemas on March 18th.

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival runs until the 28 February.

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