Stan & Ollie star John C. Reilly has revealed he has a passion for the sport of Irish hurling.
Best known for his roles in films such as Chicago, Wreck-It Ralph and Talladega Nights, the US actor described the sport as “theatrical” and “exciting”.
The native Gaelic stick and ball game is played by teams of 15 on a rectangular grass pitch with H-shaped gates at each end.
Reilly, who was recently the guest of honor at Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day parade, told the PA news agency: “I’m really a fan of the theatre. And when sport gets theatrical or dramatic then I grab it, I love hurling, that game they play here in Ireland.
“A lot of people in America haven’t seen it yet. It’s just a wild sport for us to watch.
“It’s got the pace of football, soccer, but with a bat and people running around and hitting that baseball around.
“It seems really dangerous and exciting and fast, so I love the spin.”
Reilly will next be seen in the new Sky Atlantic and Now series Winning Time: The Rise Of The Lakers Dynasty as Jerry Buss, owner of the LA Lakers basketball team.
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Directed by Adam McKay, the filmmaker of Don’t Look Up, the series is a comedy-drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the basketball team in the 1980s.
He compared the pressure of taking on the role to playing legendary comedian Oliver Hardy in the film Stan and Ollie, in which he starred opposite Steve Coogan.
He said: “I’ve had this pressure before on projects like Stan & Ollie.
“These are two of the most beloved characters in film history. And for me personally, Oliver Hardy is one of my heroes.
“So I’m used to going in and understanding there’s a lot of weight on my shoulders and you just have to get through the day and try to be as honest as possible and tell the truth about what that character might be feeling.” in a moment.
“People who were in Los Angeles for this team (the LA Lakers) in 1979, that’s almost a whole kind of cult. People are really obsessed with what happened to the team that started this dynasty. That’s what we call it, but it really was the beginning of it.
“But the hardest thing for me when I think about portraying a real person is that their family is still alive.
“Even though Jerry died, Jerry’s family is alive, they still own the Lakers, and there were many times I was like, ‘Wow, that would be difficult for me to see someone portraying my father and in his high points and its deep moments’, so I had a real sensitivity to that.
“Regardless of what happened to the character, I tried to present her with dignity, compassion and truth rather than just trying to tell a sensational, somewhat scandalous story about someone.
“This guy has been through some intense things and I think the best way to honor him and his family was to tell the truth. You know, because the truth is great. The truth is a miracle.”
Winning Time: The Rise of The Lakers Dynasty is available now on Sky Atlantic and streaming service Now.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/stan-and-ollie-star-john-c-reilly-the-sport-of-hurling-is-wild-and-i-love-it-41503220.html Stan & Ollie Star John C. Reilly: The sport of hurling is wild and I love it