Friday 25 May 2018

'I'm always paranoid I'll be killed off but I'm having a ball' - Fair City villain Eric Lalor

Eric Lalor (L) who plays Cathal in Fair City
Eric Lalor (L) who plays Cathal in Fair City

Sean O'Grady

Fair City's Eric Lalor has admitted he is "paranoid" he will be axed from the soap.

Lalor believes villainous characters are always at risk of getting the chop and he thinks he could be next in line.

The actor plays the devious Cathal in the series and is currently a key player in the drama between Carol, Robbie and Trigger.

After Robbie's sudden disappearance, Carol becomes convinced schemer Cathal has something to do with it.

"I'm so paranoid. The nature of any villain is that he is going to have his comeuppance at some stage, so one of the first things I do when I get a script is to run to the end of it and go, 'right, he's still alive'," he said.

Lalor has moved up the ranks in Carrigstown and is currently sharing facilities with Tony Tormey, who plays love rat Paul Brennan.

"This week I shared a dressing room with Tony," he said.

"Tony's great. He's seen it all as a soap star and he gave me a bit of advice.

"He said, 'listen man, you're doing a great job with that character, fair play to you'. It's great to here that from someone like him."

Lalor, who also works as a stand-up comedian, has been faced with abuse from disgruntled members of the public who find his portrayal of Cathal too convincing.

"I get reactions on the street, particularly from people who find it hard to separate fact from fiction," he said.

"I was in the Omni Shopping Centre and a little old man approached and he said, 'excuse me, are you that f*king p***k out of Fair City?' I said, 'yeah that's me'."

The man uttered a string of expletives about Cathal's behaviour, forcing Eric to remind him that he was just acting.

He said: "I told him, 'I get a script, I can't just make up the words and sound nice'," which led to the man storming off.

The soap star said he has been having the time of his life on set.

"We only get the scripts on a week-by-week basis so I don't know where it's going, but I'm having a ball," he added.


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