Barry Keoghan on having the premiere of his new Marvel movie in the Dublin cinema he was once kicked out of
He also has an amazing reaction to the news that he reportedly beat out Keanu Reeves for the role...
We've known for a while that Barry Keoghan was going to be a big deal, but the next few months in particular will really launch him onto a new platform.
While he's been a part in some very impressive projects already – Love/Hate, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Dunkirk, Black 47, American Animals, '71, The Green Knight, Chernobyl, Calm With Horses – November sees the Irish actor take on a big role in Marvel's latest epic, Eternals.
And just four months later, he'll be working with DC in their latest take on The Batman, which we'll see released in cinemas in March 2022.
This one-two punch will absolutely shoot him into the stratosphere of superstardom, following in the Irish-starring-in-superhero-movies footsteps of the likes of Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell.
In the run-up to the movie's release, JOE was lucky enough to sit down with Keoghan to discuss his role as Druig.
Check out the full interview right here:
While also talking about doing his own stunts in the movie, what it feels like to get some high praise from his co-stars - including Angelina Jolie (chatting about Barry here) and Brian Tyree Henry (who chats about Barry here), as well as the rumour that he beat out none other than John Wick himself for the role, an interesting anecdote arises during the interview.
It turns that many years earlier, Barry Keoghan once tried to sneak into Cineworld in Dublin but was stopped and kicked out by me, the interviewer, Rory Cashin, as I was working in the box office there at the time.
And then when Barry appeared at the Irish premiere of Eternals in Cineworld in Dublin ahead of the movie's release, he apparently brought this up to the audience.
So, of course, I had to ask if Barry had indeed decided to tell everyone that story, and Barry responds, firstly by bursting out laughing, and then with:
"I wasn't going to say anything, but going through Cineworld last night, I remembered going there with with your cousin Gary, being like 'Are you gonna let us in? This is your cousin and all!' and you were just like 'Nope, not getting in!'
"I was such a... pardon my French... but such a sh*thead back then. I used to try to bunk in and [you] would catch me. But it was nice to have the premiere there last night and be allowed in! The irony!"
Eternals arrives in Irish cinemas on Friday, 5 November.
Clip via Disney Ireland