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people who were dealing or had dealt with bi-polar.
“One of the guys I hung out with explained to me that bipolar is not a mood disorder, it’s an energy disorder, and that was the key for me. But I was still very nervous about it right up until the camera was on. But all credit to Nick, you could tell straight away how informed he was and how careful he was being.”
“Yes,” agrees Mccarthy. “It was character first and whatever the disorder happened to be came second. They’re just these young men trying to figure it out.”
The film was shot in 21 days (12 hours at a time) and the chemistry between the friends on-screen translates to their friendship in person. They had not met before although Mccarthy had seen Murphy in one of his earliest roles, in the Billy Roche play Lay Me Down Softly. Murphy had wanted to be an actor since early childhood. “I grew up in Wexford in my Nan’s house, around the corner from the cinema so on a day off my Mom would take me to see movies and it came from there. That was what I wanted to do and theatre was just a way to get there.”
Fellow Wexford native Roche cast him in his first role. “Billy took a chance on me and that’s how I went to London. I was about 23, 24 and I got an agent from that job and started doing TV jobs.”
Screen acting is where he feels at home and despite what looks like steady acting work on paper — Murphy has had TV roles in Raw, Clean Break and Six Degrees — he recently turned 30 and was having doubts. “I honestly wasn’t sure if it was what I should be doing, and then this film came along.”
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