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Saturday 3 December 2016

'I'll pick studying for the Junior Cert over a Moone Boy movie', says David Rawle

Pictured at the launch of the 28th annual MS Readathon was from left Moone Boy actors
Pictured at the launch of the 28th annual MS Readathon was from left Moone Boy actors

TherE has been talk of a Moone Boy movie for months, but young star of the series David Rawle says he will have to turn it down if filming takes place during his Junior Cert.

The 14-year-old plays Martin Moone in the popular series, which was created by Chris O'Dowd and Nick Murphy.

"It's all a little up in the air at the minute if there's going to be something else," he told the Herald.

"I'd say if anything was going to happen it would be next year, but I'm in third year now so it's busy.

"If it did start filming then, I'd have to say, 'Sorry, I'm a bit busy at the minute, Chris'. Junior Cert comes first - I have to do it."

However, fans will be glad to hear there is a new Moone Boy book coming out next month.

The TV series, which centres on Martin and his imaginary friend Sean, played by O'Dowd, has enjoyed great success, but David says it is strange being recognised around the country.

"Sometimes you get recognised, but it depends where you are," he said.

"Usually you do in the cinema. When you come out blinking your eyes, people kind of look at you like, 'Wait a minute, I know you'.

"It's a bit creepy - you don't get used to it, but you get less scared of it."

While they might have to delay filming so David can sit his exams, Chris has some funny storylines in store for him if the movie does go ahead.

"I felt it needed a little break because I thought we had written all the stories for an 11-year-old that we could conjure up," he said recently.

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"So we thought it would be fun to revisit when he's 14, 15 and dealing with girls, so we'll have more opportunities to go into different kinds of plots.

"Does he have this imaginary friend forever?

"Maybe that would be something that would be fun when it's far less reasonable to have an imaginary friend - and somewhat tragic."

Chris thinks David has taken to the role brilliantly and is "much more charming than I was at that age".

The series is also being remade for US audiences by the ABC network and will be set in the Midwest.

David was speaking at the launch of the 28th annual MS Readathon, which encourages children to read as many books as they can from October 9 to November 9.

Last year saw more than 15,000 children in 450 schools take part. For more information, see www.msreadathon.ie

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