Sunday 18 February 2018

Vincent Browne 'causing trouble as usual' during acting debut - Jim Sheridan

Maureen Hughes and Jim Sheridan at the opening of the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting, Smithfield. Photo: Arthur Carron
Maureen Hughes and Jim Sheridan at the opening of the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting, Smithfield. Photo: Arthur Carron
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

FILMMAKER Jim Sheridan commended Vincent Browne's acting prowess, after he made a fleeting cameo in the director's upcoming film.

"Vincent was causing trouble like he always does," he told the Irish Independent of the TV presenter's role in Sheridan's new film 'The Secret Scripture', where he plays the part of a doctor.

"I love him, I love the way he stands up and asks the hard questions and he brought a lot to the part."

Sheridan rushed from the set of the film adaptation of Sebastian Barry's 2008 novel for the launch of the innovative Bow Street Academy of Acting in Dublin.

"A school like this is well overdue," Sheridan said. "We have tremendous stage actors and this is a great training ground for the screen. I have 29 of the Bow Street students working on 'The Secret Scripture'."

Bow Street is a continuation of The Factory; the well-known creative hub in Dublin's docklands which was forced to close earlier this year following their eviction by NAMA.But having "fought like hell", casting director Maureen Hughes, along with filmmaker Shimmy Marcus and manager Paul O'Connor, set up shop in the historic Bar Council of Ireland's former courthouse on Bow Street.

Hughes is one of the most renowned casting directors in the industry, having worked on seminal dramas 'Love/Hate' and 'Charlie'.

"It's an incredible night," Hughes said.

"We have worked extremely hard so it is wonderful to see so many of our students back here for the official launch."

RTÉ's head of drama Jane Gogan, Riverdance creator John McColgan, actor Brian Gleeson, former 'Love/Hate' star Peter Coonan and director John Carney were all in attendance.

Jack Reynor was one of the last guests to arrive. "I think it's an incredible hub for emerging talent and the teachers are incredible," he said.

Gerry Grennell, who has taught Hollywood stars, is one of the acting coaches.

Irish Independent

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