Wednesday 26 October 2016

John Creedon undergoes bizarre transformation into Viking for Creedon's Epic East

Sean O'Grady

Published 03/08/2016 | 07:14

John Creedon as a viking for new RTE series
John Creedon as a viking for new RTE series
John Creedon as a viking for new RTE series
John Creedon

John Creedon has unveiled pictures of his bizarre transformation into a fearsome Viking on his new show.

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The RTE presenter is unrecognisable following his makeover for Creedon's Epic East on RTE.

The Corkman is taking on a variety of challenges for the series, with the latest episode seeing him visiting the set of Vikings, the popular historical drama series.

As the show is on a break from filming Creedon had the whole set to himself as he was transformed.

"They weren't in production but I was on the set. In effect, I had the set to myself," he told the Herald.

"I worked with their costume department and their make-up department, so it does give you a look behind the scenes.

"They use up to 1,500 extras at times. You should see the scale of the wardrobe department."

While it may have been a dramatic transformation, the host said it did not take too long.

"I'd say it took about an hour. They were very fast," he said.

"They had a wig and then the beard. The make-up was fascinating because up to the point the make-up went on, I felt it was me in costume.

"They really gave me that sunburned, weathered look."

The show has a strong focus on Irish heritage, with Creedon learning about the Vikings' connection to Ireland.

"The Viking story is a thread that runs through the wheel of Irishness," he said.

"I did work with a voice coach there, who was teaching me some old Norse.

"It's amazing, the amount of words that came from Scandinavia into our language."

Creedon started work on his series earlier this year in March and revealed that the long days took their toll.

"The whole thing was a blast. It's been hard work to be honest. It's been a long few months, about 50 full days," he said.

"We started in March and we're just finishing up now this week with my DNA and genealogy results to see how Irish I am.

"In episode one we looked at that as well, who are the Irish? What is Irishness? That's coming up on the final episode."

While the work may be hard, the dad-of-four admitted he would not have it any other way.

"I love it. The days may be long and you need to be patient with the weather. The crews I worked with came from all over the country. All of them are brilliant.

"There's stacks of talent out there. It's not something I take for granted."

Creedon's Epic East airs next Sunday on RTE One

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