Tuesday 24 April 2018

'Love/Hate in States won't work,' says 'John Boy' Aidan Gillen

Irish actor Aidan Gillen poses for a photograph upon arrival at the European Premiere of
Irish actor Aidan Gillen poses for a photograph upon arrival at the European Premiere of "King Arthur: legend of the Sword" in London on May 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Sean O'Grady

Aidan Gillen has admitted he has little faith in a proposed American rehash of Love/Hate.

Bestselling author Dennis Lehane, who wrote Mystic River and Shutter Island, expressed interest in remaking the show for US audiences, but Aidan isn't sure the uniquely Irish show could work in another country.

"I don't know. It's a particularly Irish story of its time and place so I'm not sure how it would work in an American setting," he said.

Aidan thrilled and chilled as gang boss John Boy in the acclaimed drama. Prior to winning the role, the actor had been living in London and was thrilled to be given the chance to return to Dublin.

Aiden as John Boy in Love/Hate
Aiden as John Boy in Love/Hate

"It was really nice for me to come back to Ireland and do Love/Hate," he told The Last Word with Matt Cooper on Today FM.

"There hadn't been a history of RTE doing really good dramas. People weren't going out of their way to come back to Ireland or take lead roles in RTE. The script was really good."

The Drumcondra man currently stars as Petyr Baelish in Game Of Thrones, a role he has played since 2011.

"It's brilliant, it's an adventure. We knew it would be good because the production values were high and the resources were there," he said.

"It became so mainstream around the world. It's a well-oiled machine at this point.

"I'm very happy to be part of it. This season isn't based on the books so there's huge intrigue and anticipation over what's going to happen," he added.


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