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'I cried all the way on the flight home' - Simon Delaney on how rejection still hurts as an actor

Making hay while the sun shines, Simon Delaney is currently juggling TV presenting, writing and even a pop-up food truck. And now the father-of-four is bringing The Snapper's patriarch back to the stage, and he couldn't be happier about it, he tells Tanya Sweeney

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Simon Delaney photographed for Weekend magazine by Joanne Murphy

Simon Delaney photographed for Weekend magazine by Joanne Murphy

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Simon Delaney sons

Simon Delaney is nothing if not 'child-friendly'. So much so, in fact, that when I hit a childcare blip ahead of our interview, I'm assured that I could bring my three-month-old along to the Gate Theatre and Delaney won't mind one bit. In the end, crisis is averted and I'm flying solo, but if there were any jobs you could bring a baby to, it's a Simon Delaney interview. Specifically, it's a Simon Delaney interview, while in rehearsals for The Snapper.

For the second summer in a row, Delaney (48), is taking on the role of the Most Irish Dad There Ever Was. Colm Meaney (40 at the time of filming the 1993 film), made The Snapper's put-upon patriarch Jimmy Rabbitte a highly quotable national treasure, but critics have given Delaney's portrayal a resounding two thumbs up. Last year, Delaney and the crew were 'sh**ting themselves' bringing the Roddy Doyle classic to the stage. This year, they know they're very much playing to a home crowd.

"You still sh** yourself every night in live theatre, but the audience were coming in going, 'This is going to be funny', so that's half the battle," he admits.


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