Friday 24 October 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction actor didn't make cut for Love/Hate

Published 03/07/2014 | 16:37

Irish actor Glenn Keogh
Irish actor Glenn Keogh

Irish actor Glenn Keogh landed a part in Michael Bay's big budget blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction but didn't make the cut for the final series of Love/Hate.

Glenn (41) is frequently cast in gangster roles, playing characters much like Nidge (Tom Vaughn Lawlor) in the hugely popular RTE gangland crime drama series.

However, the actor admits he failed to make it past the audition stage for the final series, which starts filming in February.

“I had high hopes but it didn’t happen," reveals Glenn, who lives in LA but would like to find work back home in Ireland. "I put myself on tape in LA and sent it back but it didn’t work out.

"It’s a great show.  I’ve watched all the seasons.  I know every Irish person in LA watches Love/Hate, and in Australia.  I used to live down there and I’ve a tonne of mates down there and they were mad about the show.  Hopefully RTE will follow up with something just as good."

Glenn has been living and working in LA for the past eight years, having decided to switch from accountancy to acting when he was 28 years-old.

He trained at the Actors' Workshop in Brisbane before winning a US green card via the green card lottery and heading to LA to forge an acting career. Since then he has worked steadily, mainly in TV on shows ranging from a recurring role on long-running soap Days of Our Lives to a role in the hugely popular Ray Donovan.

Last year he landed a small role in Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction.

"It was a great experience, very different from TV, just the enormity of the production and the cast that was involved in it, how you’re treated like royalty.  It’s just a different level," he says.

"I would have loved a bigger role in it but please God if anything it’s going to prove to people I’m not a risk at that level.  They might have said, “Can he work with Michael Bay?  Could he handle the pressure?”  But I hit it off with him.  Great banter! 

"And fortunately I don't suffer from nerves.  It's another gig and being an older actor and someone that’s worked in the corporate world for years, each gig is a blessing in the sense that there’s no desperation attached.  I’m not trying to impress anyone, I do the work, I go in, it’s a job and I enjoy it.  I really enjoyed this film."

Fellow Dublin actor Jack Reynor was also cast in the film, and although the two actors didn't share any scenes, they had already met when Jack moved to LA following his success in Lenny Abrahamson's What Richard Did.

"I’m always very honest with actors who come out there because people can come out with a perceived idea, 'I can be discovered working in a cafe’ and ‘if I don’t make it within 3 months I’ll never make it’ but you’ve got to graft, you've got to put the time in out there. 

"Talking to Jack about this was funny because he said to me, ‘I’ve just done an audition for a film.  I can’t talk about it but if I get this it’s a game changer.’  In fact I believe he was staying on Caroline Morahan’s sofa at the time!"

Of Jack's performance in the movie, Glenn says, "He’s done a great job.  I’ve seen the movie and he did a fantastic job.  He’s a very mature fella for his age. I thought he was 28/29 and couldn't believe it when I found out he was 21.  I think that's one of the reasons he got the part.  He's brilliant."

Whilst Glenn's aim is to work in Ireland, he's currently pitching a pilot he made with two other Irish actors, and which features Caroline Morahan, to the US networks.

"It's a dark comedy with an Irish twist," he says, "It's combining the Irish and American worlds.  It was shot in Detroit and it's quite dark, all sorts of shenanigans.  You have to create work for yourself and we're hoping it's picked up."

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