Monday 23 January 2017

Why life's sweet for Oscar-hopeful David

Published 30/07/2005 | 00:11

The craggy Dubliner is being tipped for an Academy award for his part in 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. Myles McWeeney talks to the former Synge Street boy about his life in films and his role as Rashers Tierney

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Synge Street CBS has produced some truly notable achievers in many different walks of life, including television presenters Eamonn Andrews and Gay Byrne, Formula 1 team owner Eddie Jordan, leading businessman Don Godson and Strumpet City author James Plunkett Kelly - but not, until now, a potential Oscar winner.

The man in question is veteran actor and former 'Synger' David Kelly, who plays Grandpa Joe Bucket in the new box-office hit Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The 77-year-old's bravura performance in the Tim Burton film has led to some leading American film critics marking him down as a strong contender for a golden statuette come next March.

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