- 04 May 17
Currently starring in TV3 soap Red Rock, veteran Dublin actor Patrick Bergin reflects on fame, success, money, and why some Irish politicians should be put naked in a roomful of wasps.
Sitting loudly in a quiet corner of the Central Hotel’s Library Bar, Patrick Bergin is considering his relationship with the younger generation of Irish movie stars. “I used to hang out with Colin in his, and my, wilder days,” the veteran actor recalls. He speaks in a deep, rich baritone that’s still very recognisably a Dublin accent, albeit a well-travelled and experienced one.
“I’ve worked on something with Jonathan; we had good craic together and would be friendly if we met. I’ve just recently finished a movie with Cillian Murphy. What’s the other guy? Jack Reynor? All those guys are great. We get on great.”
Now aged 66, Bergin’s own contemporaries would include the likes of Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Stephen Rea and Gabriel Byrne. Are the younger Irish stars very different from that generation?