Forget the Rat Pack: It’s all about the Irish ‘Pat Pack’
Four Irish acting powerhouses to star in 'At Swim-Two-Birds'
Hollywood cliques have been around for decades.
In the 50s, the Rat Pack, with ring leader Humphrey Bogart reigned as kings of the celebrity scene.
In the 60s, the more well-known version of the Rat Pack was formed. The legendary performance group was made up of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford, and claimed big-time celebrities like Shirley MacLaine and Marilyn Monroe as mascots.
Then in the 80s, the infamous Brat Pack came along. This group of successful, rich teen film stars, including Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez and Demi Moore, were best known for their hard-partying ways.
In the 90s and 00s, we had the Frat Pack, the Hollywood actors like Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson who have appeared together in some of the most successful comedies of today.
But it’s time for the Rats, Brats and Frat boys to move over – because here comes the Pat Pack.
Since Irish acting heavyweights Colin Farrell, Gabriel Byrne, Brendan Gleeson and Cillian Murphy all signed on to bring Flann O’Brien’s classic novel “At Swim-Two-Birds” to the big screen, the group has been dubbed the “Pat Pack,” the Irish version of the Hollywood power-group.
Gleeson will make his directing debut with the long-awaited “At Swim-Two-Birds.” The novel , widely considered to be Irish writer O’Brien’s masterpiece, was first published in 1939, and focuses on a 19-year-old college student who’s fond of the drink. The young man writes a book, and thinks he sees its characters come to life.
The complicated story has three separate beginnings and endings, and will require some skillful acting and directing to come to life on the big screen.
Luckily, the film is in the hands of Irish film greats.
Not familiar with these Irish actors? Let’s take a look at the members of the Pat Pack, who’ll be coming to a theater near you in 2010.
Brendan Gleeson – the prolific Pat Packer
Gleeson, who will both direct and star in “At Swim-Two-Birds,” is a true Irish acting vet, and has been featured in countless big-name film projects since he began his acting career at age 34.
The 54-year-old Dubliner got his start in the Irish TV film “The Treaty,” in which he gave an award-winning performance as Michael Collins. He’s since appeared in blockbusters like “Braveheart,” “Gangs of New York” and “Troy,” and is the star of beloved Irish films such as “The Snapper,” “The Butcher Boy” and “Michael Collins.”
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