Monday 23 October 2017

Director Neil Jordan 'out of commission' for two years after fall in front of Dublin Bus

Neil Jordan. Photo: David Conachy
Neil Jordan. Photo: David Conachy
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Irish director Neil Jordan has revealed that a fall in front of a Dublin Bus on Dawson Street left him 'out of commission' for two years.

Jordan (65), who won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for The Crying Game in 1993, narrowly missed being killed when he attempted to cross the road with a walking stick and fell in front of the bus.

"I was out of commission - I smashed my kneecap and I severed all my tendons," he told Ryan Tubridy on Radio One.

"I was crossing the road, I had CL surgery and I was crossing with a stick on Dawson Street.  The light went green, I crossed the road and I turned and there was a bus coming and I fell over."

Neil Jordan on the set of Michael Collins in Dublin 1995
Neil Jordan on the set of Michael Collins in Dublin 1995

Jordan is gearing up for the release of his hit 1996 movie Michael Collins on Blu Ray from March 4th and cinema re-release on March 18th to mark the film's 20th anniversary.

However, the director could not work for two years due to his injuries

"I tried to keep it a secret actually because you don't want to be seen as a cripple to the world at large," he said.

"You know people will say, 'better not hire him, he can't walk!'

"I couldn't move out of my house for about a year and for another two years I was kind of incapable - my movement was very restricted so I had to stop making films."

The Interview with the Vampire director may have been restricted in terms of making movies but he kept himself busy writing his seventh novel.

He will soon return to his rightful position behind the camera, however.

"I might be doing a series in the South of France, one of these big cable things.  It's called Riviera and it's early days."

The series will star Monica Belluci and Julia Stiles.

"We're just ironing out the budgetary issues.  If it happens it will be very good."

Aidan Quinn jetting in to Dublin for 20th anniversary of Michael Collins 

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