I'm attracted to seeing how different I can be, pushing the boat out.
The good guy only gets the girl in a soppy way.
It's difficult to gauge that. With a bad guy you just know you're bad. To play a nice guy is harder - unless you are a very nice person like me of course.
Although this is a fictitious story the history is real. You don't want to re-write history but you certainly want to portray events and characters as realistically as you can.
I don't have any expectations as an actor and being rich and famous is not my driving force.
When I left school I went to Australia for a year and worked in the drama department of a school in Perth.
It was only when I finished the course and left my graduation diploma on the bus that I realised I'd become an actor.
There is an odd sense of responsibility attached to appearing in a drama about a real piece of history. A work of fiction is fun.
The reason I wanted to be an actor is that I don't want to play me for the rest of my life and make money out of that.
Baddies always do get the best lines, that's the honest truth.
I find it incredibly romantic that people should fight for a cause they believe in and be prepared to die for it.
I'm more interested in enjoying my life and looking after my family than being hugely successful.
I went further and further back through the centuries to get a sense of perspective but now at least I understand why Irish history evokes such strong passions and emotions.
I talked to everyone about the project: actors and extras, members of the crew and passers by.
I'm not really very ambitious.
It felt good doing a physical job, and going home each evening feeling like I had really done a day's work.
Now here I am playing a passionate young Irishman who would die for what he believes in.
There are lots of people I admire and respect, but I don't necessarily want to be like them. I'm to happy being myself.
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