Thursday 26 April 2018

A question of culture Michael Ford-FitzGerald Actor

Favourite playwright?

Martin McDonagh. I'm playing Michal in The Pillowman, which is his masterpiece - one of the most brilliant, unique plays out there. It's a disturbing, crazy, moving and hilarious fairytale.

Favourite actor?

Daniel Day-Lewis. He sets the bar for everyone. So much of his work has had such a profound effect on me. I love him in The Ballad of Jack and Rose, one of his performances that often gets overlooked.

Best stage show?

I was in New York 10 years ago where I saw the New Group's revival of Hurlyburly, directed by Scott Elliott with Ethan Hawke, Josh Hamilton and Parker Posey among other great actors. It's rare to see ensemble acting of that quality.

Funniest behind-the-scenes story?

Once I was introduced to an elegant lady in my dressing room after a play I did in New York, with a towel around my waist and having no idea who she was. I was a little embarrassed when I was told later it was Glenn Close.

Last film you saw and loved?

The Grand Budapest Hotel. I'm not really a huge Wes Anderson fan. Sometimes he can be just a little too quirky. But this film is just so entertaining, a great comedy caper, a great cast and Ralph Fiennes' best showing since Schindler's List.

Last film you hated?

A Most Wanted Man. I was bored. I didn't think there was much of a story and I was a bit irritated by all the faux-European accents.

Last book you loved?

A Farewell To Arms. I loved its honesty and I never saw the ending coming. I love Hemingway's descriptions of food and drink. He's always stopping in some bar to have a vermouth or a bit of bourbon before lunch.

Best concert/gig?

The Gloaming at the NCH in January 2014. Martin Hayes in full flow is hard to top. I think they're bringing Irish music to places it's never been.

Cultural blindspot?

I've never gotten into opera for some reason. Too much warbling.

Declan Cashin

Michael Ford-FitzGerald stars in The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh, which runs at the Gaiety Theatre from March 2-14. See www.gaietytheatre.ie

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