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Braveheart put stars in Trim's eyes

John Daly


 

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'The plan was simple – get the gig as extras, make sure our obvious talent was noticed by Mel, schmooze with the stars around the canteen and – bingo! – Hollywood highlife here we come.'

'The plan was simple – get the gig as extras, make sure our obvious talent was noticed by Mel, schmooze with the stars around the canteen and – bingo! – Hollywood highlife here we come.'

'The plan was simple – get the gig as extras, make sure our obvious talent was noticed by Mel, schmooze with the stars around the canteen and – bingo! – Hollywood highlife here we come.'

If everything had gone to plan, I should be a well-established actor in Hollywood by now - a sad career miscue I'm blaming on Mel Gibson's obvious poor eyesight.

It's been 25 years since a group of us would head to Trim hoping to be selected as extras for 'Braveheart' - one of the starriest productions ever to film here.

The same year that 'Father Ted' premiered on TV and Seamus Heaney won the Nobel Prize for literature was also going to be our chance to mingle with serious Tinseltown action in the form of Brian Cox, Patrick McGoohan, Sophie Marceau and Catherine McCormack.