Shane makes debut as Mrs Brown's bad boy
STARS from the worlds of sport, television and media are queueing up to appear in the film version of 'Mrs Brown's Boys'.
As filming for "Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie" got under way in Dublin's Moore Street earlier this week, the series creator and star Brendan O'Carroll revealed that some familiar faces will be making an appearance.
RTE radio star Joe Duffy, who played a psychic and lead character Agnes Browne's late husband in the third series of the hit comedy, will be back, "but not as a psychic".
Robert Bathurst, who played Sir Anthony Strallan in 'Downton Abbey' and Ed Lynch in the TV series 'Wild at Heart' will also make an appearance along with "one or two surprises", O'Carroll said. It is understood that actress and writer Amy Huberman will also be making a cameo appearance, as will Irish comedian and actress June Rogers.
Former Irish rugby star Shane Byrne yesterday made his acting debut debut as a Russian mobster along with Olympia Theatre CEO Brian Whitehead who also played a gang criminal.
Dressed in a black suit and tie, his character tried to intimidate the feisty market trader but was sent packing with the threat "you want to bring more than the feckin' Blues Brothers back with you".
He told the Irish Independent that it was a bit surreal to find himself on a movie set as a "thug for hire" six years after he officially retired from rugby.
"It's come around all by accident. It's something I've never even dreamt of doing. But it's great fun and it's a great eye opener to see how it actually happens behind the scene," he said. The plot involves Agnes Browne's attempt to keep her market stall, which greedy developers want to close down.
O'Carroll said he was delighted to be back on Moore Street, the street that inspired the 'Mrs Brown' book trilogy.
"It's wonderful to be back, the smell of the fruit. I walked along and saw some salmon on sale . . . flies all over them, I remember those flies," he joked.
Market trader Pauline McCreely (56) was also working her stall during the filming in 1998 of the original 'Agnes Browne', which was based on O'Carroll's book 'The Mammy' and starred Anjelica Huston and Tom Jones.
And while admitting it was exciting to be on the set once again, she said the filming wasn't great for business.
"People are coming to see them (the film crew) but they're not buying," she said.