Monday 11 December 2017

Love/Hate star: 'My own life wouldn't be worth living if I revealed Nidge's fate'

Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor has joked his own life wouldn’t be worth living if he revealed whether his Love/Hate character Nidge survives the fourth series of the hit TV show.

The actor said one of the joys of playing the Dublin criminal is that he’s an ever-changing character, but he couldn’t say whether the gangster will lose another of his nine lives this coming series.

“One of the joys of playing the part is he’s a different man in all four series,” Vaughan-Lawlor told RTÉ Radio One this morning.

“He’s always changing and he’s incredibly difficult to pinpoint.

“People are drawn to him because of his humour, the moments he has with his children and the moments he has with his own conscious,” Vaughan-Lawlor continued.

“He’s become centre stage, he’s achieved what he thought he wanted to achieve and now he’s wondering if it’s what he’s always wanted.”.

The boys are back: (From left) Tommy (Killian Scott) Nidge (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) Fran (Peter Coonan) Mick Moynihan (Brian F O'Byrne)
The boys are back: (From left) Tommy (Killian Scott) Nidge (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) Fran (Peter Coonan) Mick Moynihan (Brian F O'Byrne)
Nidge is rumoured to have the heat turned up on him by the guards in series four
Siobhan (Charlie Murphy)
Mick Moynihan and Nidge
Elmo (Laurence Kinlan)
Ado (Mark Dunne)
Fran (Peter Coonan)
Detective Gav (Aaron Heffernan)
Trish (Aoibhinn McGinnity)
Mick Moynihan (Brian F O'Byrne)
Lizzie (Caoilfhionn Dunne)

The Dublin actor said he has realised the power of the hit TV series and finds it “incredibly humbling”.

“I was coming out of a supermarket and a man who was homeless said he recognised me,” Vaughan-Lawlor said. 

“He said he has pooled money with the other men at a Harcourt Street shelter to buy the Love/Hate box-set and they watch it every Wednesday night.

“Myself and a few of the Love/Hate lads visited them for a question and answer session. The men had printed off images of our faces for autographs,” he continued.

“One man told me he had been clean from heroin for nine weeks and asked could I write, ‘To John, stay clean, love Nidge’ on his picture.

“It was then I realised the power of the show, it’s incredibly humbling.”

Vaughan-Lawlor also paid tribute to Love/Hate creator Stuart Carolan.

“Stuart is very serious about showing the repercussions of the killings and drug culture,” he said.

“People ask me does Love/Hate glamorise killings. It’s a lazy question.

“Stuart doesn’t set up a scene or a storyline without showing the effects it has on the community. He never creates scenes for just the shock factor.”

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