#IrishUpAMovieOrActor – The Best Bits!

Twitter never fails to disappoint, so today we were delighted to see #IrishUpAMovieOrActor trending all over the UK. We decided to pick out the best ones for your delight! 😂👍

Think or seen any better? Let us know…

Our Top 4 Colin Farrell Movies

He’s our favourite Irish actor (sorry Neeson) so it’s only right we dedicate a blog post to Colin Farrell! We’ve picked out our 4 favourite films of his, what’s yours? Let us know in the comments…

1. In Bruges (2008)

We love In Bruges and it’s the top spot in our top 4 movies Colin Farrell has been in, alongside fellow Irishman Brendan Gleeson.

Farrell won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for the dark comedy. It follows the carhacters as hitmen in the city of Bruges but as you know it’s not all plain sailing. Check it out!

2. Seven Psychopaths (2012)

Seven Psychopaths was another dark comedy and stars Farrell alongside Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken (legend) and more!

Farrell is a stuggling writer and the film is about his story he’s creating. You need to concentrate on this one but it’s really gripping and worth it if you do.

3. Phone Booth (2003)

This is classic Farrell this, as he was starting out in his fantastic career we found Phone Booth and what a film it is! Whole film set in a phone booth, this gripping thriller is right up there with the best.

Also featuring Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes and Kiefer Sutherland, Farrell is held hostage in a phone booth by a Sniper, on the phone to the person that could kill him.

Fact for you: Jim Carrey was originally cast as Farrell’s character, Stu.

4. Horrible Bosses (2011)

If you’ve not seen Horrible Bosses then we’re not friends. It’s very funny and has a stellar line up of names, including our man Colin Farrell who plays the “Horrible boss” of Jason Sudeikis’ character, who’s out to kill him.

Also features Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Kevin Spacey and more, what’s not to like here! Admittedly, Colin Farrell doesn’t play a massive part in this but his character is great so we had to include.

Films You Might Not Have Known Were Shot In Ireland

With the new James Bond film taking over the box office charts, and the hype of Star Wars coming at Christmas, we thought we’d take a look at what movie scenes have been filmed in Ireland over the years.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009) – The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

Harry Potter Cliffs of Moher Ireland

If you’ve been to the Cliffs of Moher you’ll understand why Producer, David Yates, picked this setting for part of the 6th installment in the Harry Potter series. In County Clare, they reach a maximum height of 702 ft and are breathtaking at 8 miles long, making them the perfect setting for filming without the use of CGI.

They’ve also featured in The Princess Bride (1987), Leap Year (2010) and music videos for Maroon 5 and Westlife.

The Italian Job (1969) – Kilmainham Goal & Rockbrook, Dublin

Kilmainham Goal Dublin

Kilmainham Jail, in Dublin featured in the original The Italian Job. The building, which is now a museum, was the setting for all jail scenes in the film and the stairway in the centre will stand out as it was the centerpiece for it’s most famous inmate, Michael Caine. You’ll remember him, playing Charlie Crocker, leaving his cell and walking down the staircase as the inmates watched.

The funeral scene was also filmed in Ireland, which was a misty scenario where the character Mr Croker attended a funeral arranged by Mr Bridger. The location for this was Cruach Cemetery, Rockbrook, in the foothills of the Dublin mountains.

Saving Private Ryan (1998) – Barrinesker Beach, Curracloe

Curracloe Beach during Saving Private Ryan

The most famous opening to a movie ever? That was filmed in Ireland. Director, Steve Spielberg, picked Barrinesker Beach in Curracloe, County Wexford for the D-Day beach invasion scene, which was the most intense 20 minutes to a film we can think of.

The film featuring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon and Vin Diesel is now a modern classic and one of our favourites! The beach was picked for the D-Day scene due to it’s similarity to Omaha Beach in Normandy and filming lasted 2 months in 1997. Even the Irish Defence Force were brought in as 2,500 extras. Impressive!

Braveheart (1995) – County Meath & County Kildare

county kildare braveheart

Even thought the film is famously Scottish, a lot of the action was filmed in Ireland, Curragh Plains in County Kildare, Bective Abbey and Trim Castle in County Meath to be exact.

Bective Abbey was the setting for all scene depicting London, with Trim Castle the setting of Carlisle. The main setting was the Curragh Plains, which set host to all battle scenes in the film (and theres a lot!). They even used members of the Irish Army Reserve as extras, and to lower costs, Director Mel Gibson, had the same extras (up to 1,600 in some scenes) portray both armies in the battles!