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Monday 1 September 2014

Jack returns home for family Christmas

Published 04/12/2013 | 05:22

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Wicklow actor and Transformers star Jack Reynor is not only a bit of a hottie but he's also a bit of a whizz in the kitchen!

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Speaking at 2FM Toy Appeal in Brown Thomas in Dublin last week Jack said he's looking forward to tackling the traditional turkey and ham this holiday season.

'I'm actually a good cook, I really enjoy it and I cook a lot, so I'm going to be doing the turkey and ham, with pineapple. It'll be nice to spend quality time with my family and friends, that's the most important thing to me because obviously I've been away much of this year.'

The 22-year-old, who returned from the US earlier this month after shooting 'Transformers: The Age of Extinction' with Mark Wahlberg, said that it has been one of the best years of his life.

But Jack says there's nothing like returning to his hometown of Blessington and downing buckets of Bovril.

'I'm delighted to be home. I love LA and we made great friends,' the 22-year-old star said. 'But I missed Bovril and pints of Guinness. When I come home to Ireland all my friends are the same. It keeps you grounded and you need that when you're in Hollywood where it's crazy.

With a lead role in a mutli-million dollar franchise film, global fame is just around the corner for Jack. But he's determined to keep his feet on the ground.

'I think for me it's very important that I remain the person I am,' he said.

And to do that, Jack is going to follow in the footsteps of Daniel Day Lewis and have a small country base in the Wicklow hills.

'I'm just going to have a nice little house down the country in Ireland and spend all my time off there doing nothing. Ireland is home,' he said.

Jack won an IFTA award for his part in Lenny Abrahamson's dark drama 'What Richard Did' and credits the film for opening doors for him overseas - especially as it grabbed the attention of the director when he was casting the blockbuster.

Audiences will see Jack as Shane, the love interest of Mark Wahlberg's daughter in the fourth instalment of action franchise.

'Transformers was definitely different to what I've done before,' he said. 'It's crazy having helicopters flying over your head and cars exploding.'

But the award-winning actor threw himself completely into the project.

'I did all my stunts – I hurt my ribs along the way once or twice. But nothing too much,' he said.

He and Mark even became so close that they enjoyed several basketball sessions at Mark's home and took to playing regular pranks on their co-stars when on set.

Dressed down in a black leather jacket and jeans, Jack arrived with girlfriend, model Madeleine Mulqueen, and a Transformers' Optimus Prime doll.

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