Barry Keoghan and His Candid Confessions: From Cinematic Ban to Hollywood Stardom
In a candid interview on the YouTube series Hot Ones, actor Barry Keoghan opened up about his rebellious teenage years, his experiences in the film industry, and the artistic challenges he seeks in his roles. From being banned from a Dublin cinema to his recent Oscar nomination, Keoghan’s journey is a testament to his resilience and dedication to his craft.
Barry Keoghan: A Teenage Rebel’s Journey
Barry Keoghan, known for his versatile performances and intense portrayals on screen, revealed a lesser-known chapter of his life during the interview. Recounting his teenage years in Dublin, Keoghan admitted to being banned from a local cinema for attempting to sneak in to watch movies. Describing himself as a “brat” at the time, Keoghan expressed his passion for cinema and his desire to immerse himself in its world from a young age.
From Banshees to Eternals: A Rising Star’s Odyssey
Despite facing setbacks early in his career, such as having scenes cut from films, Keoghan’s determination and talent eventually led him to the pinnacle of success. From his role in the Oscar-nominated film The Banshees of Inisherin to his portrayal of Druig in Marvel’s Eternals, Keoghan’s journey exemplifies the resilience and dedication required to make it in the competitive world of Hollywood.
During the interview on the popular YouTube show, where guests are interviewed while eating spicy chicken wings, Keoghan revealed the dark scene from the film that ended up on the chopping block.
“I don’t mean to sound cocky but they don’t really cut my scenes. They keep them in there and wished they had more,” Keoghan said when asked about how he felt when his scenes were cut.
“There was a scene in Banshees that didn’t need to be there. And it’s quite bleak the scene,” he added.
“I’m coming out of the bedroom and my father has just molested me and it’s quite out there. They cut that scene, but I don’t think we needed to see it anyway,” he said.
While Keoghan said as an actor you trust the judgement of the director, he does sometimes take the cutting of a scene personally.
“You don’t question that when you are working with Martin McDonagh. You go and you let him take the lead.”
“If its justified and I understand people have to cut scenes, if it takes away from the story and that, you can’t really take it personal, but we do take it personal,” he said.
Keoghan said taking on the role of Oliver Quick in Saltburn “pushed” him as an actor, something he said he wants from a part.
“Saltburn really pushed it but every role pushes it and I like to be pushed,” Mr Keoghan said.
“I don’t want something to be comfy. I want to really artistically go there.”
“There’s moments on sets and on movies where you lose sight of the camera…it’s only for two seconds or so but it’s kind of this nauseous feeling, you’re so present and it’s what we chase I feel. We as actors chase [that] every time we go on set,” he added.
Seeking Artistic Challenges
Keoghan’s commitment to his craft is evident in his approach to each role. Whether it’s playing a troubled teenager or a complex superhero, Keoghan embraces the opportunity to push his boundaries as an actor. His willingness to explore dark and challenging themes reflects his dedication to authenticity and artistic integrity.
A Tribute to Barry Keoghan
As fans and industry insiders continue to applaud Keoghan’s talent and versatility, his candid interview serves as a reminder of the challenges and triumphs that define a career in the spotlight. From his humble beginnings to his meteoric rise to fame, Barry Keoghan’s journey is a testament to the power of perseverance and passion in pursuit of one’s dreams.