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From Glenroe to Snowpiercer - how Tralee-born actor Timothy V Murphy became Ireland's answer to Clint Eastwood

He began his career when a casting agent friend was looking for ‘a James Dean-looking fella’, before moving on to play a variety of very convincing bad guys. Tralee-born actor Timothy V Murphy talks to Dylan Townsend about Kerry, the Christian Brothers, ‘Glenroe’ and moving to LA ‘for a warm bed’. Photography by Dylan Townsend

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Easy rider: Timothy V Murphy. Photo: Dylan Townsend

Easy rider: Timothy V Murphy. Photo: Dylan Townsend

Timothy V Murphy (left) and Dylan Townsend on the set of ''Bad Suns

Timothy V Murphy (left) and Dylan Townsend on the set of ''Bad Suns

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Easy rider: Timothy V Murphy. Photo: Dylan Townsend

Imagine: 20-foot high rows of outlandish clothing from your favourite movies. Jackets from The Matrix, vests from Braveheart and post-apocalyptic wears from Waterworld. This is what greets you when you arrive at Western Costume, set up in 1912, and the place I first met Irish actor Timothy Murphy.

I was being fitted for my part in Bad Suns, a 25-minute post-apocalyptic film set in a desolate LA in 2028, directed by Kevin Ryan. The film revolves around a nine-year-old girl trying to find her mother, and a bad-ass drifter who is taking the girl to a native American reservation under spurious motives. I play a tweaker desert rat, and Tim plays the lead baddie.

The day of the fitting, Kevin Ryan and I had been picking out costumes for an hour before Tim arrived, and had amassed some ridiculous-looking Mad Max-esque wears. For Tim, we chose a top hat to contrast with torn trousers and battered woven vest. He arrived in, a face full of charm and the cheeky smile that's been seen across an array of characters onscreen, including Galen in Sons of Anarchy, Ian Doyle in Criminal Minds, Osip in True Detective and Coughlin in Westworld.