Monday 9 December 2019

'It's a bizarre thing to listen to yourself be aggressive, especially towards women' - Tom Vaughan Lawlor on playing Love/Hate's Nidge

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Tom Vaughan Lawlor, wife Claire Cox
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Love/Hate star Tom Vaughan Lawlor has revealed the most difficult scenes to film are those featuring violence against women.

Tom, who plays gangster Nidge, was played a clip of some of his character's most terrifying dialogue by Ray Darcy on Today FM and the presenter revealed the actor was "visibly squirming".

"It's very funny, its a bizarre thing listen to yourself be aggressive, especially aggressive towards women," said Tom.

"It's very strange.  I've got three sisters and my wife, so it's a very strange thing.  I found them the most difficult.  All the other stuff... but I think specifically to women I find it hard.  It's tough.  It's tough to film."

The final episode of the fifth season of Love/Hate will air on RTE One on Sunday, but the star of the show revealed he hasn't seen it in advance.

"I think it's funny because it's such a huge part of the consciousnesss at the moment and it's a bit like it's in the ether - you can feel the energy almost coming off the TV.  It's very intense," he said.

"I haven't seen this season.  I usually watch every season before going on the air, but this season I was doing a play, I was very busy, and I didn't get around to seeing it.  I haven't seen anything, I've seen bits and pieces from ADR after shooting but I haven't seen this episode."

Part of the series was filmed in Spain as Nidge faces off with crime kingpin Terrence Big Balls at his Spanish villa.

"Me and Laurence [Kinlan] were joking we wouldn't be able to do the accents in Spain because we were in a different country," he said.

Of the differences between Nidge and Fran, he said, "Fran's physically very tough you know and he's got a temper and I think Nidge is not as tough physically but he's cleverer. 

"I think he's aware of the long game and the bigger picture, he'll know how he can use someone rather than just beating them to death.  Fran goes in full-blooded and just doesn't think."

Since Tom Vaughan Lawlor is so completely different to Nidge, he admits he sometimes gets "slightly odd looks or double takes" when people meet him in real life.

"I've had it myself seeing actors who you think are one thing and then you hear them or meet them and they're very different," he said.

"And it's quite jarring, it's a bizarre thing.  You see them in their homes and they're this person and you're very definite about it and then you see them in another context and it's strange."

In terms of winding down from the character, he said he focuses on "family stuff".

"Coming home and doing family stuff, being with Freddie, my son, him laughing, watching boring things with my wife on TV, or good things."

Tom's son Freddie featured in the third series, playing Nidge's son, whilst his father, also an actor, played the priest in the second episode. 

As for a sixth season of Love/Hate, the actor says his fingers are crossed.

  WATCH: Sneak peek of Sunday's Love/Hate series finale

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