Tuesday 21 October 2014

'People don't come up to me in the street' - 90210 star Jason Priestley speaks to Independent.ie

Published 19/02/2014 | 19:47

He became a household name as heartthrob Brandon Walsh in 90210, but Jason Priestley never gets stopped in the street by fans of the 1990s hit series.

The actor was in Dublin yesterday for a screening of 'Cas & Dylan', his directorial feature debut, as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

"People don't come up to me in the street, surprisingly, but I'll take it [if they want to]," the 44-year-old said.

Since appearing in 90210, Priestley, who is staying at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin, has gone on to star in a sting of movies - but only decided to take the leap and direct a film a couple of years ago.

And with more directorial work coming up, Priestley said he'd love to film a project on Irish shores.

"There is a thriving film community over here, I've spent quite a bit of time in Ireland over the past 20 years and I'd love to shoot something here.

"The hue of green that exists in this country is like no other place in the world, it's beautiful," he said.

The Irish premiere of independent feature Cas & Dylan,  starring Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslan, took place in Cineworld on Parnell Street last night.

Dreyfuss, who has been in town for several days and was honoured with the JDIFF Volta award, joined Priestley on the red carpet.

Cas & Dylan tells the story of the connection between an ailing man in his sixties and a young woman he ends going on a road trip with.

"There are a lot of themes in the movie, but overall it's about the unlikely friendship that forms between two people are different stages in their lives,” Priestley told this newspaper.

"It examines the fact that these people still have a lot of things they can teach each other and learn form each other."

He continued: "It's a road movie and there are a lot of challenges with a road movie… it was probably a little ambitious, but I came up with some creative solutions to make it look like a bigger than it was."

It was shot in Priestley's native Canada.

"Being from British Columbia and spending so much time in Vancouver, I'm very familiar with those landscapes so I able to capture the various areas in a pretty economical way."

Irish Independent

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