Friday 9 December 2016

'The storyline at the moment has the Love/Hate feel about it' - Don Baker on Fair City

Elaine McCahill

Published 19/11/2015 | 07:34

Flynn calls Robbie on his bluff
L-R
Flynn - Don Baker
Carol - Aisling O'Neill
Robbie - Karl Shiels
Flynn calls Robbie on his bluff L-R Flynn - Don Baker Carol - Aisling O'Neill Robbie - Karl Shiels
Flynn makes Niamh tie the other up L-R Flynn - Don Baker Niamh - Clelia Murphy Paul - Tony Tormey Carol - Aisling O'Neill Robbie - Karl Shiels
The O'Briens wait for news on Michael
Fair City: Eoghan (Alan Howley, left) learns there will be a post mortem
Fair City Eps 178 TX: Thursday 12th November, 2015 Debbie iloses all hope of being found when Tommy dismisses her attempt to raise the alarm L-R Tommy - Geoff Minogue Debbie - Niamh Daly Cathal - Eric Lalor
Fair City Eps 178 TX: Thursday 12th November, 2015 Debbie is horrified to discover she is being held captive by Cathal L-R Cathal - Eric Lalor Debbie - Niamh Daly

Don Baker says he loves playing the tough guy on Fair City.

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The musician-turned- actor plays resident gangster Flynn who was holding a number of Carrigstown natives hostage in the Station Bar over the past few days.

Things reached fever pitch on Tuesday night when hunky mechanic Michael O'Brien hits his head in the pub and later suffers a brain haemorrhage and dies.

"The storyline at the moment has the Love/Hate feel about it," Don told the Herald.

"It's great playing the tough guy but the only thing with Fair City is we're not allowed to use profanities because children watch it as well.

"So I'm kind of limited in that sense, but having said that when I played the bad guy in In the Name of the Father, I didn't use any profanity at all, so I don't need bad language to get the tough guy across," he added.

Having worked in both film and TV, Don said filming a soap was tough due to the intense filming schedule.

"I found the role quite challenging to be honest," he said.

"If you can act on a soap you can act on anything because you're working with the clock all the time.

"They turn out four episodes in three days so that'll give you an idea of the pressure the actors and actresses are under.

"I had to learn 39 scenes in three days so making a movie is a complete luxury compared to working on a soap," he added.

Meanwhile, blues singer Don is currently putting the finishing touches to his new album.

"We're doing the last track this week but I don't know if it'll be out in time for Christmas," he said.

"I'm recording it with a girl called Clara Rose. She's brilliant."

The 65-year-old is back working with his former manager Barry Gaster but isn't sure if he'll go on an extensive tour.

"Barry wants me to go to Australia but I'm not sure because it's so far away," he said.

"When you've been in the business for 40 years the mystery goes out of it a bit."

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