Saturday 25 November 2017

Jack Reynor: 'I'm loving Jungle Book'

Hollywood actor Jack Reynor is currently filming a re-make of popular Disney classic, The Jungle Book and admits it's an unusual movie to shoot.

The 23-year-old plays Brother Wolf in the remake, which is called Jungle Book: Origins and also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale.

"I certainly am enjoying myself on the Jungle Book, it's a funny one," Jack told the Herald.

"It's very irregular, it's unlike any other film that I've ever made - it's going to be really great."

Reynor is currently promoting his new film, Glassland, which he filmed in Dublin last year. Jack won the World Cinema Special Jury Prize for Acting at the 31st Sundance Film Festival in Utah earlier this year for his role in the Irish film, which was directed by Kerryman Gerard Barrett.

Jack plays a young taxi driver called John who, in an effort to save his mother - played by Toni Collette - from addiction, is forced to take a job which drives him further into the crime underworld.

Toni is known for her roles in Little Miss Sunshine and Muriel's Wedding, and Jack admits he was surprised she decided to do the film.

"Toni is amazing, I've grown up watching her films and when I read the script I said, 'This has to be Toni Colette. She's the only person really for this'," Jack said.


"So we went out to her and it was a total shot in the dark, and fortunately she responded to us positively and she wanted to do the movie.

"She came over and we had five days with her on set.

"I'm sure she'd say herself that it was a particularly intense experience for her, but we were all really fulfilled and gratified by it," he added.

Jack, who shot to fame after his IFTA winning turn in What Richard Did, says he loves working at home.

"It was a really enjoyable experience, really short and really intense - the kind of thing that you want to do as an actor. To be able to do it at home in Ireland as well, that's the best part," he said.

It's set to be a busy year for the young actor as he has three films due for release this year.

He has a part in John Carney's Sing Street alongside Aidan Gillen, he plays Malcolm in Macbeth alongside Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotilliard, and he also stars in A Royal Night Out.


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