Saturday 16 December 2017

A question of culture: Actor Emmet Kirwan

Actor Emmet Kirwan
Actor Emmet Kirwan

Declan Cashin

Favourite playwright?

Gary Mitchell. He makes working-class dramas set in small council houses in east Belfast seem epic. His plays, In a Little World of Our Own and Trust, are both gripping thrillers about loyalist families in East Belfast.

Favourite actor?

Edward Norton. He just seems to have a sense of ease about all the roles that he plays while never seeming like he's phoning it in.

Best stage show?

The Book of Mormon on Broadway, because of its sheer scale. It's a mental idea for a musical but it's hilarious.

Favourite book?

Rabbit, Run by John Updike. The first of a quartet of Rabbit books, but still my favourite. It speaks to a restlessness in people edging towards 30. Updike makes a flawed American everyman character likeable, even as he wrecks the lives of everyone around him.

Last book you loved?

It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken. It's a sad graphic novel by the cartoonist Seth, that stays with you and is beautifully drawn. It's a kind of semi-autobiographical comic where the author renders himself in to his own story about his search for a forgotten comic artist from the 1940s. It's drawn in the same style as some newspaper shorts and one-offs from that era.

Book you couldn't finish?

On the Road. It's one I felt I should read as opposed to wanting to. I was encouraged to give it a second chance, but found it tough work and boring.

Last film you loved?

Nightcrawler. It's kind of a mix between two Scorsese films, Taxi Driver meets King of Comedy for a new generation. Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo are both brilliant in it. They and the film should have been nominated for Oscars.

last film you hated?

American Sniper. As Frankie Boyle said: "It's like watching Star Wars from the Stormtroopers' perspective".

favourite TV show?

Battlestar Galactica. The title can put people off. It's a multi-character science-fiction drama with brilliant actors, and it has the best writing in the genre, ever. It's the anti-Star Trek.

Favourite city?

It would have to be Dublin, wouldn't it? It's a capital city but it's also a village. Just the right size.

 

Emmet stars in The Good Father by Christian O'Reilly, at Axis: Ballymun from March 9-21. See axis-ballymun.ie

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