Tom Deignan: Irish Eye on Hollywood


Speaking of Ciaran Hinds, he and Aidan Quinn are among the actors who appeared in Irish playwright Conor McPherson’s latest film The Eclipse, which will be released in the U.S. in late March. Quinn plays a widower living in a spooky Irish seaside town who may be seeing ghosts as he struggles to come to terms with his wife’s death. Up next for Quinn is Flipped, directed by Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men). This teen love story also features Rebecca De Mornay as well as Irish-American veteran of the small and big screen John Mahoney (Frasier, Say Anything). Flipped is based on the beloved novel of the same name by Wendelin van Draanen, and looks closely at a grade school boy and girl
who fall in and out of love. Flipped is slated for a September release.
Up-and-coming actor Brian Geraghty made quite a name for himself in the Oscar-nominated critics’ darling The Hurt Locker, about soldiers who defuse bombs in Iraq. The Irish American from Tom’s River, New Jersey, also earned critical praise recently for a starring role on the Los Angeles stage in Frank Gilroy’s 1964 Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Subject Was Roses. The play is about an Irish kid from the Bronx who returns home to his unhappy parents after serving in World War II. Geraghty took a break from all of this war business for the recent independent film Easier With Practice, about a novelist who strikes up a strange relationship with a girl who talks dirty on the phone for a living. Up next for Geraghty is a thriller called Open House. Geraghty plays a sociopath, and in recent interviews said he is looking forward to playing a character so different from his Hurt Locker character. Interestingly, Geraghty – a Jersey shore kid who loves to surf during his down time – was directed in The Hurt Locker by Kathryn Bigelow, whose credits include the campy 1991 classic Point Break, starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze as renegade surfers. A sequel is supposedly in the works, but Geraghty has said he is not all that interested in appearing in the flick, which will be shooting in Indonesia.
Michael Fassbender certainly caught the attention of some big time directors when he starred in Hunger, set during the Northern Ireland hunger strikes of the 1980s. Fassbender (who grew up in Ireland, though his father is German) appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s smash hit Inglorious Basterds and is now slated to be in Knockout, an upcoming film from Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brokovich, Traffic, all of the George Clooney Ocean’s movies). Fassbender will star in Knockout alongside real-life mixed martial arts star Gina Carano. Carano portrays a female fighter from the wrong side of the tracks and Knockout has been compared to other female revenge flicks such as Kill Bill (another Tarantino picture) and La Femme Nikita.