PJ MARA has joked that he hoped he would be depicted as “my renowned charming self” in the upcoming RTE Haughey drama.
However, actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor was minus PJ's trademark glasses and was dressed-down in an anorak yesterday in the role of the former Taoiseach's legendary spin doctor.
It was all very much a flashback to the 1980s, with actors filming scenes for Citizen Charlie in the grounds of King’s Inns. Characters playing the late Brian Lenihan Snr and Maureen Haughey were involved in the shoot.
“Good morning, Taoiseach,” PJ told Haughey when the cameras rolled.
Earlier this week, Mara (71) told RTE's Miriam O'Callaghan that he was amazed by the fascination many still had with the Haughey period.
“It's extraordinary given that it's nearly a quarter-of-a-century ago,” he said.
He also said he felt Love/Hate star Vaughan-Lawlor, who plays Nidge, was a safe pair of hands to portray him on screen.
“He’s a fine actor and a nice guy as well and I'm sure he would do a very good job. I have every confidence in him,” he said.
Mara, who now works in an international role for telecoms company Digicel, also spoke of his hopes that the writers and producers of Citizen Charlie would “reflect on good things, as well as the things he (Haughey) shouldn't have done”.
“I hope it does him justice, because he was multi-faceted,” he said. “He had his faults, which everybody knew about, and he had huge strengths. I hope those strengths are brought out in this equally with the fault finding.
“The one thing about Charlie Haughey was that, to the very end, he had a huge amount of popular support, getting a 40s market share of the vote – that obviously says something about him.
Meanwhile, Vaughan-Lawlor’s Nidge character is on a knife-edge in this weekend’s episode of Love/Hate.
Some of his most feared henchmen will be children's entertainers during his son Warren’s First Holy Communion.
In tomorrow night’s third episode of the fourth season of the cult crime drama, gang member Ado will be seen breathing helium from balloons to talk like Donald Duck. But only minutes later, actor Mark Dunne will be seen warning gang member Elmo that he's in danger as Nidge no longer trusts him.
Love/Hate is on RTE One tomorrow at 9.30pm