HE starred in iconic Irish movies The Commitments and Angela’s Ashes and won roles in big budget blockbusters such as Braveheart and Gangs of New York.
However, Irish actor Liam Carney is in no doubt about the fickle nature of Hollywood and is not in contact with any of the big stars he once shared the screen with.
Liam, who is known to most Irish TV audiences for his role in soap Glenroe has worked with legendary director Martin Scorsese on Gangs of New York and shared the screen with acting A-listers like Cameron Diaz and Mel Gibson.
“I never would have considered myself as having any kind of in with Hollywood at all,” the Wexford-based actor told The
“Unless you are over there it is very much a separate area, even though we filmed Gangs of New York in Rome and I was there for several months, I had very little contact with any of them once I came home.
“It is all very unsure on that side of the water.”
However, Liam said the tough LA acting scene is now much more receptive to Irish talent, such as Transformers 4 star Jack Reynor, nowadays.
“It is much different now than it was when I was Jack’s age,” he explained.
“They are much more open to Irish talent over there and they give them a chance.
“When I was there at that age there were a few like Liam Neeson and Gabriel Byrne who made it, but very few.”
Liam said he has no interest in taking up a long-term TV role following six years working on iconic Irish soap Glenroe because he wants more “diversity”.
Now living in Wexford and based full-time in Ireland, Liam has warned up and coming thespians about the downside attached to being an actor, and he is far from happy at the news that his daughter Cara (20) is about to follow in his footsteps.
“Unfortunately my daughter has just come out of college and wants to act,” he said.
“I think she is fantastic, but it is much harder for women to survive in the business.
“It is a long hard road and if you want to survive you have to prepare to be poor for a long while.”
Liam has taken a different career direction after landing a leading role in a new digital project launched by Sky Ireland.
He takes on the part of Kurt in the online story, told through Tweets, blog posts and videos.
The saga runs parallel to Rough Magic and Opera Theatre Company’s production of Sky Arts Ignition: The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogany, which runs at the Olympia Theatre from June 3.
Follow the Story at sky.com/mahogonny.