An aspiring Irish actor, who endured cruel taunts and homophobic taunts throughout his childhood, invites his bullies to his premiere. The groundbreaking film was critically acclaimed.
earse Egan (33), has been hailed as the star of ‘In From The Side’, an upcoming film that has been billed as the “gay rugby movie we’ve all been waiting for” .
The film will have its premiere next week at BFI Flare, a world-renowned LBGT film festival that takes place at London’s British Film Institute (BFI).
And Dubliner Pearse, who starred in the comic book ‘Pinky’, said playing the role ultimately helped him move on with his life and forgive his childhood bullies.
Pearse, who was mocked and ridiculed daily while at school in Dun Laoghaire, even issued an invitation to his former tormentors to meet him on the red carpet of the Netflix-sponsored prestigious event.
He said: “I used to have nightmares about what I went through at school, being called ‘f**’ or ‘girl’ every time I opened my mouth, and physically assaulted.
“But now I was able to change the story. It took me almost 30 years to get to this point, but now I’m here and I’m so grateful to be here. Being a part. of this film helped me let go of the past and start the healing process.
“I can now swap the negativity I’ve nurtured for so long into positivity. And so if I could say one thing to bullies, it would be – ‘I forgive. for you’.
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“I’ve moved on with my life and I’ve forgiven them. In fact, I wanted to invite them to the premiere of my movie, to let them see for themselves that I’m proud of who I am and the things I do. what I support.”
The talented Pearse has also enjoyed success as a stand-up comedian – now performing regularly on the competitive comedy show near his London home, and winning two awards in the process. .
Pearse has also previously appeared on the hit TV show ‘Long Lost Family’ where host Davina McCall successfully reunited him with his biological father.
Since then, he has built a close relationship with his Brazilian dad Eddie Santos, and is planning to visit him in the coming weeks.
He added: “Sadly, Dad recently had a heart attack and had other complications after contracting Covid. It was a worrying time and I didn’t have enough money to go to Brazil to see him. .
“But he’s very proud of what I’ve achieved, and I plan to go to Brazil and see him in the next few weeks. Sitting down with him and watching this movie with him will mean a lot to him. with me.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/movie-news/irish-actor-invites-his-childhood-bullies-to-the-premiere-of-his-breakthrough-movie-41441534.html The Irish actor invites his childhood bullies to the premiere of his breakout film