Saturday 10 December 2016

The guy who shot the cat in Love/Hate is set to star opposite Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman

Sean O'Grady

Published 02/09/2016 | 07:21

Barry Keoghan will star in The Killing of a Sacred Deer Picture: Damien Eagers
Barry Keoghan will star in The Killing of a Sacred Deer Picture: Damien Eagers

Love/Hate actor Barry Keoghan has gone from the mean streets of Dublin to rubbing shoulders with Hollywood's finest.

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The 23-year-old, who is best known for playing cat-killer Wayne in the hit RTE crime series, is set to hit the big time in The Killing of a Sacred Deer which began filming in late August.

The film stars A-listers Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman and is directed by Yorgos Lanthimos who also helmed The Lobster, Farrell's recent critically acclaimed flick.

Shooting on the project is taking place in Cincinnati, Ohio. The film also includes Clueless actress Alicia Silverstone and 12 Years A Slave star Bill Camp.

Farrell plays a surgeon who takes in a young teenage boy, played by Barry. When the boy's behaviour turns sinister, the surgeon is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice.

Kidman is set to play the surgeon's wife - a central figure of the dysfunctional family.

The Dublin native will also be making an appearance in war film Dunkirk opposite Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and Harry Styles.

Dunkirk is based on the 1940 evacuation of the French port city, when over 800 British boats saved more than 335,000 soldiers after they had been cut off by German forces.

Currently in post-production, the drama is scheduled for release in July next year.

Barry's memorable scene in Love/Hate where his character gunned down a cat sparked outrage among viewers of the gritty series.

"I'll never get away from that cat," Barry said of the controversial scene.

"I was in the MetLife stadium in New Jersey about two years ago. I think there was about 90,000 people there and someone pulled me aside and said 'You're the guy that shot the cat'.

"I just thought 'Ah here, I'm halfway across the world and someone said it'."

The TV star's acting skills were so impressive he found that some viewers began avoiding him in real life for fear he may be like his character.

"Then when I came back, I'd be walking towards people and they'd start moving out of my way, and they're saying 'Oh that's that young fella'," he said,

"I'm not like that in real life."

Since his rise to fame on Love/Hate, Barry has also starred in RTE's Rebellion and has a role in British crime drama Trespass Against Us opposite Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson.

The actor can also be seen in Mammal, from Irish director Rebecca Daly. The flick tells the story of a woman who takes in a homeless child after her own son goes missing.

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