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Play with the ball, Lexus

Jaysus, I almost forgot. Last weekend I visited the set of the new Hardy Bucks series in Swinford. Three thirty-minute episodes will air on RTE this autumn. (Look out for me as the last man standing in the 17-hour pint drinking contest. It’s the role I was born to play.) I’m also writing a feature about it for the Irish Times, to be published in September. The transition, for the lads, from internet chancers to national television stars is going to be a tricky one. It was fascinating to witness the amateur cast interact with the professional crew. This has clearly been a sharp learning curve for both.

The earlier, well-received YouTube epsides were all improvised. But the RTE Drama Department have insisted everything be scripted in advance this time around. I think that’s a pity, because the non-actors seemed more comfortable expressing themselves in their own words.

Pictured above, incidentally, are John O’Mahony (23) from Glanmire, Luke Murphy (22) also from Glanmire and James Brennan (23) from Freemount. They’re hardcore fans of the show, posing here with the guy who plays Eddie’s paranoid schitzophrenic cousin Lexus. It’s terrible I’ve forgotten his name now. He was deadly crack, even if I finally figured out who he kinda looks like. (Ian Huntley.)

Word was leaked on Friday evening, via Facebook, that the shoot was going ahead in the morning. On the spur of the moment, John, Luke and James decided to get up at 6am the next day, pack a couple of crates of beer in the boot of their car and set out on the four hour trek to Swinford.

Not only did they bring enthusiasm, the boot of their car also kept the stars (and one or two members of the supporting cast!) refreshed throughout the day. We had a ball. And yes, it really was like Pierce Brosnan’s wedding all over again!

Photo: Johnny Savage

May 28th, 2010.

14 Responses to “Play with the ball, Lexus”

  1. Paddy Says:

    Chrisht, that one tough looking bastard. he’ll do it for the poteen lads.

  2. massey Says:

    Jesus their so hardy even their fans look like they could throw a few shlaps

  3. Dan Says:

    What are the lads like? I hear they’re gas crack. And did you really beat the Hardy Bucks in a drinking contest?

  4. Eoin Says:

    @ Dan – With the exception of Chris/The Viper, who could not be more different from his character, the other lads are virtually indistinguishable from their onscreen alter egos. Great crack altogether.

    Not really. We were drinking non-alcoholic beer. It came down to me and French Toast. He had to vomit on another character, making me the winner by default.

  5. John Mac Says:

    Was Lexus part of the boozing contest? Fine shlab of a man. He looks like he’d be able to put a few away i’d say.

  6. Eoin Says:

    He wasn’t thank God and he is. Interesting Lexus factoid: he’s got a Playboy bunny tattoo on his right shoulder. He told me he regrets it now, as it gives his lady friends unrealistic expectations…

  7. mairead Says:

    “gives his lady friends unrealistic expectations…”

    I think that probably depends on what the expectations are. In the unlikely event I think I’d expect to wind up under the patio…..

  8. Eoin Says:

    @ Mairead – not at all, he was a lovely guy. Bit lairy after a few pints maybe… but sure aren’t we all?

  9. Paul Maloney Says:

    Ian huntley….! Bit strong Eoin…!

  10. Eoin Says:

    Sorry Paul, I only thought it was a very feint resemblance. But you’re right, it’s in bad taste and I apologise. Great day in Swinford tho, eh?

  11. james Says:

    that was the hilight of our summer!ha.. the following day there was over 60 empty cans in the boot and 3 bottles of vodka!..

  12. Paul Maloney Says:

    Great site Eoin, love your work… It was a good day a biteen on the mad side but hey who gives a *%”! Not Me!

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