Wednesday 16 January 2019

Bono can't win ... even with free stuff, says pal Jim

OSCAR-nominated director Jim Sheridan (inset) is the latest celebrity to lend his support to the much- maligned Bono.

As the controversy rumbles on over the band's decision to sign a deal with Apple for their new album Songs of Innocence, Sheridan has spoken out in support of their frontman.

"Well what's the saying - beware of Greeks giving you a gift. How can you win, even when you give something away for free?


"If you give something away to 500 million people, I suppose at least three people are always going to complain," he told the Diary.

He was one of the attendees at the opening night of Borstal Boy at the Gaiety Theatre - and revealed how it was a trip down memory lane for him.

As well as producing the film version of the story based on the early life of Brendan Behan, he also played the young writer in a 1970 stage production.

"To be honest, I never really liked the acting thing. It was nice performing but I'm happier hiding behind the camera," he continued.

He is currently in the pre-production stages of his next new movie project, namely The Secret Scripture starring Hollywood actress Rooney Mara of 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' fame and Martin Sheen.


Based on Sebastian Barry's novel about a 100-year-old Sligo woman, he has a stellar cast lined up for the movie.

"We haven't started filming yet, we hope to start soon. We're just putting the money together at the moment and that's going well.

"I'm looking forward to working with Rooney Mara as well as Eric Banna and Jack Reynor," he continued.

He is also in talks with American station HBO about making a small-screen version of his Oscar-nominated movie In America, telling the story of struggling Irish emigrants in New York.

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