Saturday 17 August 2019

'I'm a richer human being for never moving to Hollywood', claims Jack Reynor

Jack Reynor arriving at the 'Detroit' European Premiere at The Curzon Mayfair on August 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
Jack Reynor arriving at the 'Detroit' European Premiere at The Curzon Mayfair on August 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
Jack Reynor and fiancee Madeline Mulqueen
Jack Reynor and Madeline Mulqueen. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Jack Reynor poses for a photograph upon arrival at the European premiere of "Detroit" in London on August 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Campaign: Tara O'Grady pictured with her Hollywood actor son Jack Reynor
Jack Reynor and Madeline Mulqueen at the Heineken 'Live Your Music' space at Electric Picnic. Picture: Anthony Woods

Sean O'Grady

Jack Reynor believes he's a "richer" person for living in Ireland and never moving to Los Angeles to further his film career.

The actor (25), who has starred in movies including Transformers: Age Of Extinction and Sing Street, reckons there's a chance he'd be making bigger movies if he lived in LA, but that's not enough to make him move there.

"I don't think it's cost me anything as a person.I'm probably a richer human being for living here in Ireland and having my friends that I've always had," he told the Eoghan McDermott Show on 2fm.

"For actors that are from Ireland and the UK and Australia, if they're grounded from the culture they came from, it tends to actually be a real benefit to them in the process of getting jobs in the States because Americans love a bit of cultural texture.

"Would I be making more films? Would I be making bigger films if I was in LA? Maybe.

"But I'm not going to find out because I won't be leaving, I love it here."

Meanwhile, Reynor recently quit social media, saying he didn't like the constant stream of negativity he was seeing from people on some sites.

The Wicklow actor went on to say that he thinks people are far too focused on social media sites.

"I think people are getting an unhealthy obsession and looking for something they're not going to find outside of meeting people and having conversations face to face," he said.

"It was just people moaning and trying to get people on board with their negativity. It's a big misery fest, really. I didn't feel any positivity on there."

Reynor will next star in The Jungle Book, opposite Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch and Naomie Harris next year.

A live action film, it will make use of motion capture performances for the animals.

"I was working in London doing extra motion capture and some of the clips of it that I saw are just amazing," he said.

The actor's career has gone from strength to strength. He made a huge impact with his 2012 performance in Lenny Abrahamson's drama What Richard Did.

Abrahamson previously recalled that Reynor landing into the casting for the movie was "like a kind of miracle." He was only 19 at the time.

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