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Peter Coonan excited to play a character 'far removed from Love/Hate's Fran' in new Irish film

Published 08/07/2014 | 12:20

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Killian Scott (L) and Peter Coonan in Get Up and Go
Killian Scott (L) and Peter Coonan in Get Up and Go

Peter Coonan has played gangster Fran in four series of RTE's hugely popular crime drama Love/Hate but is now looking forward to flexing his muscles with two new roles.

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The Dublin actor stars in new Irish film Get Up and Go, which premieres at the Galway Film Fleadh this week, and he is also poised will tread the boards in Borstal Boy in September.

Coonan has teamed up with Love/Hate co-star Killian Scott for Get Up and Go, which tracks the fortunes of two twenty-something young men hoping to make it in the fields of music and comedy.

Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on 2FM he said, "It’s basically just about a day in their lives and the normal, everyday relationships they get involved in.

"And the problems of life where you haven’t succeeded to the level you thought you would and you have to come to a realisation, and also then the certain relationships with your family and your aspirations of going to London, the bright lights of London."

The actor, who has a two-month-old daughter Beth with girlfriend Kim O'Driscoll, said he's happy to play a character very different from Fran in the drama.

"It was a great experience to kind of get into a different role, for myself anyway, to play something far removed from Fran, something closer to what I would be dealing with, but still different," he said.

"So I think that was a big pull to do this." 

The film features live performances by David Kitt, Mik Pyro from Republic of Loose,  Lisa O'Neill, and Coonan himself.

"It was quite daunting," he said.  "I had to learn guitar in a short space of time, only two songs, written by Mik and Mik taught me the tunes and I had to sing them on the song. 

"It was definitely the hardest thing I had to do, singing live.  I was just nervous about getting it right and looking like a fool but it turned out okay.  I was happy enough."

Peter has also signed up to play the younger incarnation of Brendan Behan in a new stage production of Borstal Boy from September 11.

The play, which also stars Gary Lydon as the older Brendan, marks 50 years since the author's death.

“I’m looking forward to it, it’s a brilliant play and hasn’t been done for a while," reveals Peter.

"I’m really looking forward to it and Gary Lydon as well, who, if you’ve ever seen pictures of Gary, he’s the spitting image [of Brendan].

“It’s going to be daunting.  We’ve got got rehearsals in August, about four weeks, and then a seven week run and I’m on stage for most of the play so it’s going to be great. 

"Yeah, it’s going to be demanding but sure that’s what you want to be doing I suppose."

Borstal Boy runs at The Gaiety from September 11.  Get Up and Go releases nationwide later this year.

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