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A little nonsense now and then: Irish Edition

Top o’ the mornin’ to ye, or afternoon, or dead of night, or whatever it is where you are.  I was visiting family over the past two days, so I didn’t get to watch any movies as I would have liked, but I don’t want to let St. Patrick’s Day pass without giving it a nod.  And so here’s a post as fluffy as an Irish cloud: some of my favorite Irish actors.

Peter O’Toole

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As Noel Coward reportedly quipped: if he’d been any prettier, they’d have had to call him Florence of Arabia.

Daniel Day-Lewis

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One of those annoyingly talented actors who deserves all the praise he gets.  Enjoy him while you can, because he’s supposedly retiring.

Liam Neeson

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He is, shall we say, not too snobby about the films he picks these days – but isn’t that great?  More Neeson for everyone!  Action, comedy, drama, romance – the more Liam, the better, says I.

Ciarán Hinds

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He’s done lots and lots, I know, but have you ever seen a dreamier Captain Wentworth?  No one can beat Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy for great Austen romantic leads, but Hinds comes awfully close.

Aidan Gillen

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Mostly, I know him from The Wire.  But I also know that he’s got the best bitchface I’ve ever seen on anyone, including teenage girls.

Michael Fassbender

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A lethally charming blend of Irish and German, and a credit to gingers everywhere.  Bonus points for his shark smile:

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Dylan Moran

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The creator and star of the excellent TV show Black Books, and a sardonic stand-up comic.  Favorite quote: “You’re not really an adult at all. You’re just a tall child holding a beer, having a conversation you don’t understand.”

And two of my favorite Irish Americans…

Spencer Tracy

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James Cagney

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, you crazy kids.  Don’t get too drunk, and be sure you call a cab if you do.  More serious posting tomorrow, maybe.

 

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