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'It's nothing to do with me' - Keith Duffy on landing panto role after Twink was sacked

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Keith Duffy has had to take a break from filming a new movie in the UK in order to play the Baddie in Jack and the Beanstalk.

The Boyzone singer was filming The Black Prince in the UK but now he's heading to Limerick to take on his first Irish panto role and has admitted he's excited for the change of pace.

"Being in the panto is great fun. I did one about 10 years ago in the UK so it's my first one in a long time," he told the Herald.

"I love the panto, I go every year with my family, it's like a tradition. My daughter Mia is a huge fan and at least now she'll be able to see her daddy on stage."

Keith (40) was drafted in to play the Baddie after Adele King (inset) - better known as Twink - pulled out due to "artistic differences" but he insists he wasn't involved in the controversy.

"It's nothing to do with me, I was hired as an independent, as far as I'm concerned," he said.

"I'm getting on great with the cast, I don't even know what happened and I'm not interested in all that.

"I know Adele a long, long time and there's no hard feelings between us.

I don't have any issues with anybody," he added.

The dad-of-two has been filming The Black Prince which stars Jason Flemyng of X Men: First Class and Snatch fame.

"I was doing a film called The Black Prince which is the story of Duleep Singh who was the rightful heir to the throne in Punjab," Keith explained.

"His dad was the Maharajah of Punjab in 1860 so Queen Victoria was on her rule of the world at the time and when the Maharajah died, British rule went in to Punjab in India and Duleep Singh was removed from the throne. He was eventually sent off to England so he tries to get all the allies together to help him get back on the throne," he continued.

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"I play an Irish rebel called Padriag O'Casey who helped him to get his allies together and his papers together to help him get out of Britain and Paris so it was a really interesting project.

"I'm not finished yet though, we had another week of shooting and then it got delayed and then the rehearsals for the panto started so once I finish this I've to go back to the UK to finish the movie," he added.

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