Tuesday 16 January 2018

'I think over there it could go to my head' - Dunkirk star Barry Keoghan rules out move to Hollywood

Barry Keoghan and Cillian Murphy at the Dublin Premiere of the film Dunkirk at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin.
Pictures Brian McEvoy
Barry Keoghan and Cillian Murphy at the Dublin Premiere of the film Dunkirk at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin. Pictures Brian McEvoy
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Barry Keoghan returned home to a hero's welcome for last night's Dublin premiere of war movie Dunkirk.

The young actor, from Summerhill in the north inner city, has become the toast of Hollywood after landing a string of major roles in recent times.

However, the former Love/Hate star (24) told the Herald at the star-studded event in Smithfield's Lighthouse cinema that he would never forsake his home city for the bright lights of Hollywood.

"Jesus, no. I feel that it's a great place to be [LA], good vibes or whatever, but here I feel I have my feet on the ground, or in the mud as it may be.

Barry Keoghan and Shona Guerin
Barry Keoghan and Shona Guerin

"I'm surrounded by good people and I just think over there, it could go to my head and I don't want that," he said.

"Taking the movie home is unreal, as is getting to tell this story, which a lot of Irish people don't know about. There were a lot of Irish in it but young lads don't know about it."

Cillian Murphy and Barry Keoghan at the Dublin Premiere of the film Dunkirk at the Lighthouse Cinema,Dublin.
Picture Brian McEvoy
Cillian Murphy and Barry Keoghan at the Dublin Premiere of the film Dunkirk at the Lighthouse Cinema,Dublin. Picture Brian McEvoy

He said that "all my mates" were there to see his starring role in Christopher Nolan's movie about the 1940 evacuation of Allied troops from the French city during the Second World War.

His date for the night was his stunning other half, make-up artist Shona Guerin, and he said that she had been a huge support for him after being suddenly thrust into the limelight.

Keoghan was joined at the red-carpet premiere by co-star Cillian Murphy (41), who previously worked with Nolan in his Batman blockbusters.

"I just feel very privileged to work on a film like this and to work with Chris because he's one of the greats," Keoghan said.

"He's one of the greatest so for any actor you'd want to selfishly work with someone like that."

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