Monday 22 July 2019

Brendan O'Carroll is going to release a new movie and the subject might surprise you

Brendan O Carroll pictured at the opening of his exhibition
Brendan O Carroll pictured at the opening of his exhibition "Mrs Brown D'Exhibition" at The Little Musuem of Dublin in 2014. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Mrs Brown's Boys creator Brendan O’Carroll
Brendan O'Carroll and wife Jenny Gibney arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Brendan O'Carroll is making a new film next year, but it won't be a sequel to Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie.

The Diary can reveal that the Finglas-born comedian is going back to basics and developing the first play that he wrote and directed into a movie.

Titled The Course, it was written in 1994 but will now bring his story about a conman running a course on Positive Mental Attitude to the big screen.

Brendan's daughter, Fiona, said that when he first debuted the play 22 years ago she begged him to let her play the part of a prostitute, despite her tender years.

Mrs Brown's Boys creator Brendan O’Carroll
Mrs Brown's Boys creator Brendan O’Carroll

"I remember he was doing open auditions and I really wanted that part as she was sassy and amazing and she turns her whole life around. She brought so much to the show, it was a fun part," she said.

"But my dad was like, 'Are you crazy? If I let a 14-year-old play a prostitute there will be murder!'

"I remember standing outside the auditions giving the evil eye to everyone going for the part.

"So maybe this time around, I'll get the part in the movie version as I'm definitely old enough now."

Brendan O'Carroll and wife Jenny Gibney arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Brendan O'Carroll and wife Jenny Gibney arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester

Fiona said the film will be co-produced with the BBC.

The long-awaited sequel to Brendan's first blockbuster movie has been hit by budget issues and contract delays, prompting the funnyman to move on with another project.

Although it was made on a tiny budget of €5m, Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie took in more than €26m globally, one of the most successful Irish movies ever.

"The Brexit result came in when we were trying to put the whole budget together and time was ticking on and Dad couldn't take the chance of it not working out and agreed to do the other work," said Fiona.

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