Wanted: an 11-year-old Cork boy with a ‘thousand yard stare’.
And that steely gaze will be core to the search for an actor to play the part of the ever-controversial Roy Keane’s younger self.
Film-maker Dave Tynan is the man who will soon begin making a film about the Mayfield man’s childhood, but he’s still lacking an actor with that ‘thousand yard stare’ one can only associate with Keane.
“It’s important to me that we are going to use Cork kids,” Tynan told Joe and Charlotte on Phantom 105.2 this morning.
“To say I played Keane when I was younger, that should be an easy sell to a kid in Cork.
“We are going to cast down there and shoot down there as much as we can.
“It cracks me up to think of Roy Keane aged 11 going into his local shop with all the seriousness we associate with him now.
“The film is based around that idea, that he is exactly the same person but a kid. For me there is a bit of humour in that.”
Tynan’s fascination with the former Ireland soccer manager inspired him to create the 12-minute short which he describes as ‘an imagined childhood of Roy Keane’.
“[Keane] has fascinated me for ages. He's been around. He's been in the news,” he said.
“I always wondered what [what Keane is like] because he is so single minded.”
Tynan's piece will be called ‘Rockmount’ after the name of the first club Keane joined as a child.
Roddy Doyle’s upcoming biography on the footballer’s life is ‘not in competition’ with Tynan’s film and the film-maker said he will be sure to buy a copy.
Tynan hopes to start shooting in March and to complete the film in July for the Film Fleadh in Galway.