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'It was funny taking selfies on people's doorsteps!' - Love/Hate star Killian Scott on canvassing for brother Eoghan Murphy

Killian Scott has revealed he ended up taking selfies with Love/Hate fans while canvassing for his brother, Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy.

The 29-year-old star, who played Tommy in the hit RTE show, said most people in the Sandymount/Ringsend area were "very receptive" to him.

"I found most people were very receptive and my pitch was very much, 'Look, I don't know anything about politics but this guy's my bother.  I'd love you to vote for him but if you don't want to, whatever, here's the flyer' and I'd leave," he told Anton Savage on Today FM.

"My pitch was very efficient!"

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From L-R actors Peter Coonan as Fran, Robert Sheehan as Darren, Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge and Killian Scott as Tommy in a publicity shot from Love/Hate Series 3

From L-R actors Peter Coonan as Fran, Robert Sheehan as Darren, Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge and Killian Scott as Tommy in a publicity shot from Love/Hate Series 3

From L-R actors Peter Coonan as Fran, Robert Sheehan as Darren, Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Nidge and Killian Scott as Tommy in a publicity shot from Love/Hate Series 3

However, he was often roped in to taking selfies with the constituents.

"There was a bit of that which was funny, taking selfies on people's doorsteps, 'Yeah, but will you vote for my brother?'!

"It was interesting, and really gave me an insight into the work these guys do.  I was canvassing in the afternoon and evening and I was exhausted and Eoghan was doing a lot of other things in between.

"It gave me a new insight, respect and understanding for the work these guys do.  It's a tough job and thankless as well."

Killian, who currently stars in Irish film Traders (releasing March 11) also revealed why he and Eoghan have different surnames.

"A very famous and wonderful actor called Cillian Murphy happened to become an actor before I arrived," he said.  "It's my given name and birth name, Cillian Muprhy, but I had to change it. 

"I'm the turncoat who's betrayed my father!" he joked.

His mother came up with the surname Scott.

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"My mother gave out to me because I got this wrong in an interview before!" he said.

"She was the one who pitched the name to me. It's relations on my father's side who are in Argentina. 

"I was in a play and had to change my name so it could be put on the poster.  Otherwise Cillian Murphy might have arrived down to give out to me, which I didn't need.  I changed the 'C' to a 'K' for pronunciation reasons."


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