ALTHOUGH he knew that his character Darren was going to be killed off before he started filming the third series of gangland drama 'Love/Hate', actor Robert Sheehan admitted having a "little weep" when he read the final script.
"It was agreed that this was to be my last series. That's the nature of it. These boys live by the sword and die by the sword," remarked the 24-year-old.
"I didn't know how it was going to affect me but it was a sad day."
The heartthrob was speaking in his hometown of Portlaoise, Co Laois, as he launched the 'Red or Black' fundraiser for the Dunamaise Theatre.
He also sported his usual curly hair, after having endured chemical straightening of his tresses for the filming of 'Love/Hate'.
Despite the throng of female admirers, Sheehan was relaxed after a restful family Christmas. But it will be back to his London base for his 25th birthday on January 7 before heading to Scotland to film David Blair's supernatural film 'The Messenger'.
He said he was "surprised" at the success of 'Love/Hate' and paid tribute to the show's writer Stuart Carolan and director David Caffrey.
"As it got better and better, RTE allowed more freedom and gave the show the free reign it deserved."
While he said he had never experienced the sort of violence portrayed in the series, friends of his have been badly beaten up. Terrible acts of violence portrayed in the show reflected real life events, even though they were written months before.
Now, with "a few quid in the bank", he is able to pick and choose roles.
"In the past I did a few jobs I was not 100pc in love with," he said. "Now I would rather go hungry than do a job I don't like. Life is too short," he said