The Dry's Eoin Duffy on Cannes red carpet: 'We actually had a bit of craic with it'

Laura Delaney Laura Delaney | 06-02 16:15

Irish actor Eoin Duffy has said it was a "surreal" experience to walk the red carpet at Cannes for upcoming movie, The Apprentice, and admits he made sure his mam got to partake in the fun.

Duffy, who stars in the eagerly-awaited movie alongside Sebastian Stan and Jeremy Strong, said he felt obliged to phone his family from the highly-regarded festival.

The film, which includes the Dublin-based Tailored Films among its producers, traces Trump's origin story as an ambitious young property developer in 1970s and 1980s New York.

"It's a mad world. You always see these things on TV, so when you're standing there it's very surreal to think you're smack bang in the middle of it. I had previously worked with Tailored Films, so it was a lovely moment to be able to go over with them and share that experience," he said.

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Duffy said "it was a really great moment" to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with some of Hollywood's finest - not to mention seeing the movie in the colossal theatre.

"It was great to sit in the cinema - it's a 2,500 seater or close to that - and see The Apprentice coming up and watch it alongside Sebastian Stan and director Ali Abbasi. It really was a great moment," he said.

Opening up about getting his family involved in the fun, he said: "We actually had a bit of craic with it. It's always frowned upon to have your camera on the red carpet. But, I video-called my mam and my sisters, and they answered it quickly for ten seconds.

"I hung up pretty quick so I didn't get in any trouble," he laughed.

He added: "They were so proud and I was really proud to be there."

(L-R) Jeremy Strong as Roy Cohn and Sebastian Stan as Donald Trump in The Apprentice

"Although the next two episodes are really exciting to be part of, I also want to watch it as a fan and not dissect my performance.

"It's a big moment for Rory. He's that kind of genuine, kind soul and he wears his heart on his sleeve.

"What happened last season was absolutely heartbreaking for him and he's had that time to reflect and go back and live with his mam," he said.

Eoin Duffy as Rory and Siobhán Cullen as Caroline in RTÉ's comedy-drama, The Dry

He explained how Rory can't escape the chemistry he has with Caroline, played by Bodkin's Siobhán Cullen.

"He's trying to start a new life for himself so everything that's happening this season is almost interrupting that and dragging him back in. I think his love for Caroline is inescapable, really. I don't think he can escape that draw. They really do love each other.

"I'm genuinely rooting, not for myself, but for Rory," he said. "When you're playing someone you have to find similarities between yourself and the character.

"After my last break up, I moved back in with my mam for about six months. So, we have that in common," he laughed.

The Dry's Eoin Duffy: "After my last break up I moved back in with my mam for about six months."

When asked if a third season of The Dry is on the horizon, he revealed it is the talk of the town on set.

"The only thing I know is that everyone who is involved wants a third season. We've all talked about it," he said.

"Obviously, the season comes from a much higher level but myself and Nancy [Harris], Siobhán [Cullen], and all the other actors all want it to come. It's the same with Paddy [Breathnach] and Element Pictures - we all want it."

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