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Two Famous Actors Have Put Themselves Forward To Play The O'Donovans In A Movie

By James Fenton

July 24, 2017 at 10:51am


Dedication, adversity, Olympic medals and a whole lot of comedy. It was only a matter of time before somebody raised the idea of a movie based on the lives of Irish rowing sensations Gary and Paul O'Donovan. 

But which Hollywood actors are brave enough to take on the unique personas of the Olympic silver medalists?

Scottish screen star James McAvoy has already spent some time in the company of the lads when he appeared alongside them on the New Year Special of the Graham Norton Show back in December. 

Also on the sofa that night was Kerryman Michael Fassbender and McAvoy reckons the two could form an O'Donovan dream team if their story was to ever hit cinemas. 

He told The Sun:

"We’ve been looking to do something else together that has heart, has action, has suspense, has comedy. Has Olympic medals. It’s a no-brainer.

“I was just mesmerised by the O’Donovans. They sat on that couch and commanded focus.

“They were the funniest, coolest guys and just by being themselves, they sort of won over the world.

“And even though yes, they are much younger than us, that’s what make-up and CGI magic is for.”

When asked about taking on the West Cork brogue, James reckoned that Fassbender would have an easier job given his Irishness but he's confident in his own abilities too.

“They’re of the same family of Celtic sounds. Michael has the upper hand but I could handle it.”

Would you pay to see this?

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