Saturday 25 November 2017

'It's lucky Michael Collins is not around now' claims Neil Jordan

ANNIVERSARY: actor Aidan Quinn and director Neil Jordan. Photo: Frank McGrath
ANNIVERSARY: actor Aidan Quinn and director Neil Jordan. Photo: Frank McGrath
Jason Kennedy

Jason Kennedy

Michael Collins might not be very pleased with the current crop of Irish politicians, according to a star of the 1996 film that tells his story.

Irish-American actor Aidan Quinn, who was raised in both Dublin and Offaly, said the Irish icon would have split feelings when it comes to modern politicians.

"A part of him would be proud and part of him would be dismayed and pissed off, like the rest of us," he said.

The Elementary star admitted he's not as familiar with Irish politics as he used to be, since he spends most of his time living and working in America.

Quinn joined a variety of cast and crew members from Michael Collins to mark 20 years since the film premiered, as part of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival.

Director Neil Jordan was among the crowd celebrating the film's anniversary and agreed that Collins would be no fan of contemporary politicians.

"I think it's lucky he's not around actually," he said.

"The landscape has changed so much really."

The movie, which will be released on Blu Ray for the first time next month, also starred Alan Rickman, who died last month after a battle with cancer at the age of 69.

The English actor, who played Eamon De Valera, made his final public appearance in Ireland at last year's film festival. Quinn, who played republican politician Harry Boland, said Rickman's Irish roots were very important to him.

"Year's after filming, I met [Alan] in Whelan's at a concert and I realised he had a huge affinity for all things Irish that he loved.

"He was a lovely man and an incredible talent and he'll be missed."

Jordan, who also directed Interview With The Vampire and Crying Game said both the film and playing DeValera on screen were very important to Rickman.

Michael Collins, will receive a welcome release for the first time on Blu Ray on March 4th, followed by a re-release in cinemas on March 18th.

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival runs until February 28.

Sunday Independent

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