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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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