Over the Moone: Chris O’Dowd comes home to put Boyle on comedy map
HE'S enjoying international success as one of Hollywood's rising stars and now Chris O'Dowd is bringing some of that success back home.
The star of 'Bridesmaids' and 'The IT Crowd' was back in Boyle, Co Roscommon, last week with a film director and production designer, scouting locations for his latest venture that begins filming in the new year.
The 32-year-old Boyle native has written a six-part comedy series for Sky based on his own childhood growing up in the town. And he was adamant that part of it should be filmed on location.
Filming of 'Moone Boy' is due to begin in London in January but for one week the actors and crew will relocate to Co Roscommon to film some of the places familiar to the actor from his childhood.
His father Sean said it would be a welcome boost for the town -- which his son is proud to call home.
Mr O'Dowd's schedule is busy these days and he divides his time between Los Angeles and London, where he lives with girlfriend Dawn Porter.
He is a frequent visitor to Boyle where his parents Sean and Denise live.
"Most of the filming and recording will be done in London but Chris was insisting he wanted to make it as authentic as possible," his dad told the Irish Independent.
"Chris loves Boyle and loves Boyle people. He's a big Boyle man and everyone mentions when he comes home that he's not one bit affected by his success."
In the new sitcom, Mr O'Dowd plays the imaginary friend of 11-year-old Martin Moone, whom he leads astray. Their adventures loosely draw on his own childhood.
"I still don't know who's going to play my part but it will probably be George Clooney or Brad Pitt," his father added with a laugh.
Popular local attractions like Lough Key forest park and Boyle Abbey are expected to feature in 'Moone Boy' but the film crew are remaining tight lipped about which of the locations visited last week will be included.
Mr O'Dowd collaborated on the series with screenwriter Nick Murphy. The pair also wrote the short movie 'Little Crackers' inspired by Mr O'Dowd's own experiences of Christmas.
The actor and his brother are also working together on a new Irish movie which recently received funding from the Irish Film Board.