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Trick or treacle?
It’s the year’s unlikeliest buddy movie, throwing together an Irish eccentric and a homeless englishman who’s walked out on his family. Actor Aidan Gillen tells us about the real life inspiration behind his oddball character, and gives us the inside beef on the next season of fantasy sauce-fest Game of Thrones, which has just started shooting in Belfast.
Stuart Clark, 29 Aug 2011
“I don’t just want to be doing the one thing, and John Boy is a lot of fun to play. I always used to be the youngest cast member, but in Love/Hate I’m the oldest by almost 20 years. I’d be saying stuff and they wouldn’t have a clue what I was talking about. It was nice getting to use my own accent for a change and going back to my Mum’s after a day’s shooting.”
When he’s in Ireland do people recognise him as Tommy, Petr or John Boy?
“I get a lot of Wire chat in Dublin. I noticed that before anyone else was illegally downloading it they were downloading it illegally here! They weren’t of the Frank Butcher/EastEnders ‘You shagged your wife’s sister!’ variety – it was all the little plot subtleties, which half the time I hadn’t picked up on myself.
“I spend quite a bit of time down in Dingle where because of John Boy I have kids coming up to me asking for drugs! They buy into the character totally. I’m really fortunate to be playing such great roles.”