Sunday 25 September 2016

Rebellion star Brian Gleeson says 1916 Rising scenes were 'harrowing' to film

Elaine McCahill

Published 11/01/2016 | 08:13

RTÉ will be showing a five-part serial drama called 'Rebellion' which stars Charlie Murphy, Brian Gleeson (pictured) and Sarah Greene
RTÉ will be showing a five-part serial drama called 'Rebellion' which stars Charlie Murphy, Brian Gleeson (pictured) and Sarah Greene

Rebellion star Brian Gleeson has described filming the dramatic 1916 action scenes at Dublin Castle as "harrowing".

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Last night's episode of RTE's big-budget drama focussed on the start of the fighting on Easter Monday.

The drama recreates the shooting of Constable James O'Brien, who was on duty at the Cork Hill entrance of Dublin Castle.

Brian plays Jimmy, one of the organisers of the Irish Volunteers.

"It was a long day's shoot and a strange one," he said.

"We replicated the shooting of the constable in the exact location where it happened [see inset].

"Scenes like that could be pretty emotional. The real constable lost his life there, and the cast and crew took it very seriously.

"Action scenes like this are going to be pretty harrowing - that's down to our incredible director, Aku Louhimies," he said.

"He established a sense of organised chaos for the big fight scenes, and he pushed and pushed us until we were practically weeping and could barely lift up a rifle, let alone fire it.

"Hopefully, you saw that sweat and toil on the screen and in our faces," he added.

Charlie Murphy - who plays privileged medical student-turned rebel, Elizabeth Butler - said nothing beats filming where the events actually took place.

Last night's episode saw Elizabeth abandon her wedding to Stephen (played by Paul Reid) in order to join Jimmy and the rebels at Dublin Castle.

"My blood was pumping being in such close proximity to so many guns being fired," Charlie said.

"There were so many takes where Brian dragged me away and I would get tangled up in my dress and fall over, but we'd never stop filming.

"At one point I was wearing two odd shoes because my heel had broken from scrambling over the cobbles to City Hall.

Rebellion airs on Sundays, at 9.30pm, on RTE One.

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