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Daryl just misses out on Star Wars role


 Daryl McCormack

Daryl McCormack

Daryl McCormack

IRISH actor Daryl McCormack has been tipped as one to watch by Hollywood producers, after making it through to the last round of auditions for the next Star Wars film.

The budding talent, who was the victim of racist remarks after appearing in the national referendum adverts last year, has dreams of superstardom.

Daryl was put forward for the Star Wars role by casting agent Annette Walsh of the Castannettenow agency and the DIT student, whose mother is from Tipperary and father is from America, beat thousands of hopefuls to make it to the last stage of the selection process.

Although he narrowly missed out on the role, he's been told he is on Hollywood casting agents' books for future projects – as they loved him on screen.

"It came down to experience mostly," Daryl told the Herald.

"I got through as far as I could and that's amazing, I'm thrilled about that."


It all started when he turned up to Croke Park last November for an open casting.

"After the first stage there was a call back that afternoon and we had to play out a scene from The Hunger Games to the camera," he said.

"A couple of weeks later, they rang me to record two scenes from the actual Star Wars film for them and send it over. I had almost forgotten about it at that point so I was delighted."

Daryl had to sign a confidentiality agreement not to reveal any details about the scenes he was given as producers want the storyline to be kept a surprise for fans when it is released.

"In January there were the final call backs in London and I was one of them," Daryl said.

"There were very few of us there and it was a fantastic experience – we were in a proper studio acting out scenes from the movie.

"It was really exciting for me to get to do an audition of that scale and make it that far. The fact that I know I'm on their radar now too is beyond anything I expected."

When Daryl appeared on billboards across the country as the poster boy for the referendum campaign last October, he received a slew of nasty and negative comments about his skin colour online.


"Growing up I experienced a bit of racial abuse, on a smaller scale, nothing too serious, but I just had the attitude to laugh it off to be honest.

"People who get involved in that activity are just narrow minded and aren't up to speed with the present day."