Wednesday 17 July 2019

'I felt like Niall in One Direction, knowing they want to see Harry Styles' - Chris O'Dowd on working with James Franco

Chris O’Dowd and Chris Rawle in Moone Boy.
Chris O’Dowd and Chris Rawle in Moone Boy.
Chris O'Dowd and David Rawle, the two stars of Moone Boy, which picked up Best Entertainment programme, joke around on the red carpet.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Chris O'Dowd has likened working with James Franco on Broadway to Niall Horan performing alongside Harry Styles in One Direction.

The Irish actor starred with Hollywood star Franco in Of Mice and Men and explained the experience to Heat magazine:

"Franco just brings masses of teenage girls, which is f***ing bananas.  I was used to doing theatre in London, where the average age of the audience is 68," he said.

"I felt like the Irish kid in One Direction - Niall - like, knowing they're all going to see Harry Styles.  I knew they were all there to see Franco.  They just had to push their way past the weird Irish guy with the big beard."

However, he said it was "one of the best experiences" of h is life. 

"It was so exciting. Broadway feels like a real community.  You go for a post-show glass of wine and the cast of Cabaret are there."

The Moone Boy creator has just launched the third series of the show, which he managed to write in between flying to LA to film St Vincent with Melissa McCarthy and Bill Murray and back.

Comedian and actress Sharon Horgan and Terry Wogan both appear in the third series.  Of Terry's role, he said, "Terry plays the presenter of a You've Been Framed-style thing and he wore one of his old mustard suits from the '80s, which you don't see a lot of any more.  I think they're banned by Ofcom."

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