Love/Hate's Jason Barry: I'm sorry for Dano, he just wanted revenge for his Da
IT'S onwards and upwards for Love/Hate's latest gangland victim.
Actor Jason Barry said he was nervous but "grateful" to 'Love/Hate' creator Stuart Carolan for letting his character exit the show in dramatic fashion on Sunday night.
Los Angeles-based Barry joined the hit show in season three and played Continuity-IRA member Dano Loughman. Viewers saw him bleed to death, pictured, after being knee-capped in the wilderness by a fellow republican.
The shooting occurs as Dano believes he is finally about to avenge his father and put an end to the life of gangland criminal Nidge (Tom Vaughan Lawlor).
"I knew from talking with Stuart that Dano's days were numbered in season four," said Dubliner Barry.
"Dano and Nidge can't exist in the same world so I figured Stuart would kill him off rather than just have him drive off into the sunset.
"But he really has given Dano the exit he deserves -- it's brutal and sad all rolled into one."
Actor Jason Barry is disappointed to have died in a pool of mud and blood -- but he has bigger things on his mind.
Jason, who played IRA boss Dano in the series, has a central role in football film F2014.
"I just finished a film called F2014 about the history of FIFA with Sam Neill and Tim Roth," he told the Herald.
"And I'm back working on my script Marathon Men which I hope to get made in the next year or two in Ireland."
British actor and Reservoir Dogs star Roth will play FIFA president Sepp Blatter in the film which also stars Gerard Depardieu and Irish-born Neill.
Fans of Love/Hate were devastated when Dano was kneecapped by the IRA but Jason thinks it was a fitting end for his character.
He said: "Writer Stuart Carolan really gave Dano the exit he deserves. It's brutal and sad all rolled into one. It's an incredibly powerful scene and I am very grateful to Stuart that he let Dano go out that way."
Jason says he enjoyed playing the gangster who just wanted to get the guys who killed his father.
"I actually felt a bit sorry for him at the end. I mean after all -- all he wanted was to get the guys who killed his dad," he said.
Jason says he'll miss the Love/ Hate family but most of all he'll miss wielding a gun. "My favourite scene has to be firing away like a madman on the AK47. That was great fun," he said.
Meanwhile, animal rights organisation Aran said it was appalled by a further display of animal cruelty in the gangland drama.
"The producers crossed the line," John Carmody campaign director for Aran told the Herald, making reference to dog fighting scenes.
"We thought the killing of the cat was abhorrent but last night's display of animal cruelty was truly disgusting.
"We are sickened and encourage anyone who cares about the rights of animals to boycott the series. People who have sick minds may think dog fighting is cool after watching last night's episode."
And John Fitzgerald of the National Society for the Campaign for the Abolition Of Cruel Sports says the dogfight highlighted the brutality and cruelty of dog fighting.
"It was a true-to-life depiction of this appalling bloodsport in which dogs of various breeds are pitted against each other for 'sport'," he said.