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Colm Meaney on playing Martin McGuinness: 'He was born into this'

3 May 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The star of The Journey reveals how his own involvement with Sinn Féin helped him understand the late Ira commander turned peacemaker

As a Dubliner who has lived in Los Angeles for three decades, Colm Meaney says he always keeps an eye out for Irish scripts – but he confesses to a slight feeling of dread when one lands on his doormat. Cliched characters, simplistic politics, shonky dialogue – he’s seen them all. The 63-year-old has been lucky with some – particularly the trilogy of Roddy Doyle adaptions that began with 1991’s The Commitments and won him a Golden Globe nomination for The Snapper two years later – and less blessed with others that have come his way. “Oh yes. Mentioning no names but … oh yeah.”

So when he first heard about the Northern Irish novelist Colin Bateman’s script for a drama about Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, with the latter role potentially his, »

- Esther Addley

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Theatre Review: The Commitments (UK Tour)

18 April 2017 10:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Commitments theatre review: The chance to see ‘The worlds hardest working band’ a Dublin soul band.

The Commitments theatre review, Katey Thompson at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking.

Photo Credit Johan Persson

Adapted from the Roddy Doyle book of the same name and following in the footsteps of the famous film, this musical attempts to recreate the same combination of musical passion and real-life pressure.

A band is born in mid-80s North Dublin, a place that needs a soul revival in the face of synth inspired pop.  The band founder Jimmy (Andrew Linnie) attempts to bring together the musicians he can find to audition, along with friends of friends to make the dream come alive.  Band tensions from the start threaten to undermine his ambitious project, but driven by a desire to be the ‘savior of soul’ he pushes forward, while desperately trying to hold it all together. »

- Katey Thompson

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