Friday 18 August 2017

WATCH: 'They're always looking out for you' - Dunkirk's Barry Keoghan on working with Irish actors in Hollywood

Irish actor Barry Keoghan tells Independent.ie which directors we wants to work with next and why he chose not to research the Battle of Dunkirk before filming.

Barry Keoghan has had a phenomenal two years since he played the controversial cat killer in RTE series Love/Hate.

He played Joe in Rebecca Daly's Mammal and impressed in Trespass Against Us with Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson, as well as the stunning Belfast-set thriller '71.

Before filming Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk he said he stayed 'naive' to the events and that was "a decision I made" to inform his character.

The film has very little dialogue, which the Dublin actor says he prefers.

"I said three or four lines in '71," he says.  "I prefer no dialgoue.  I prefer trying to say it without words.  You see Tom Hardy in this - he says it all through his eyes.  Jack as well.  A good filmmaker can make a good movie and tell a good story with no dialogue.  It's a challenge but Chris is the man for that."

Having worked with the cream of Irish talent including Cillian Murphy, Colin Farrell, Fassbender, Gleeson, he says he's learning all the time.

"Working with the Irish lads abroad, they've been through this game and they're passing it down to me and they're telling me what it's like," he says.

"They're never like, 'you should watch this', but you just learn from them.  You learn the ways and they'll tell you a few little tricks.  They're always looking out for you."

He says Lenny Abrahamson is on his list of director's to work with.

"I actually have a list," he laughs, "There are all these lads on it and I'm ticking them off now!"

Watch the full interview above.

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