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Game of Thrones star Aiden Gillen: Making my children proud is the only role that matters to me
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Game of Thrones star Aiden Gillen:
Making my children proud is the only role that matters to me

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THE Irish actor admits he took on a role in the Batman flick The Dark Knight Rises just to impress his kids.



HE'S starred in some of the hottest shows on the box, but Irish actor Aidan Gillen says he’d rather win the respect of his kids Joe and Berry than major roles.

The 45-year-old Dubliner has admitted that he took the part in Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises to impress his 12-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter.

He has landed parts in much loved dramas such as HBO’s The Wire and Game of Thrones, in which he plays who plays Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish in Sky Atlantic’s racy fantasy.



But there’s one which matters most.

He said: “That sort of thing really matters to me. I totally did that job for them, to get some cred with them. They might not be too bothered with some of the stuff I’ve done over the years, but, Batman’s another matter.

“I was only on that job for a few days and by the time I was doing scenes when I was falling out of an aeroplane I realised , ‘Oh man! That’s it!’. The job was done.



“But even just to get one scene in the Batman film was exciting, for me and for them.

“So long as they’re not embarrassed about my work. I get a bit of attention, a build up of stuff since The Wire, which has happened in their lifetime since they’ve been around.

“Love / Hate (the Irish crime series shown on STV and about to be repeated on Five) was really big over here. I get a bit of attention from stuff like that and I also present a music programme over here called Other Voices which has folk like Snow Patrol, Ray Davies and Blue Nile’s Paul Buchanan on it.

“But the kids are fine with all that.”

Aidan revealed he had his eyes opened by the experience of filming director Christopher Nolan’s big budget superhero movie, in which he played a CIA agent.

“The way Christopher Nolan worked on that film was amazing. It was almost like he was making a student film on a massive scale. ‘Lets do this, then try that’,” he said.

It’s easy to imagine this chat becoming the life-and-times fodder for later years when Aidan looks back on his work with his kids who he had with wife Olivia O’Flanagan.

“They’ve actually got pretty good taste in what they watch on TV.”



That said, it might be a few years before he lets them watch Queer as Folk. The hit Channel 4 series followed the lives and loves of a group of gay and bisexual men in Manchester in the late 90s, before being remade in America.

It made a splash because of its racy visual content, and, despite having worked for years before landing the part of super-confident Stuart Jones, gave Aidan his breakthrough role in the UK.

He remains thankful for its impact, but is careful not to overplay the significance of the show’s impact in informing attitudes towards same-sex relationships, which have radically altered just over a decade later with marriage and civil partnerships now higher on the political agenda than many would have predicted at the time of the show’s popularity.

He said: “It’s 14 years since Queer as Folk was on, so I have no idea if it helped. It could have been considered a niche drama, but it hit the mainstream when it came out, and I thought that was pretty cool.

“I took that part on thinking it was an exciting role to play, not for any sort of crusade. I’d find it difficult to gauge the effect it had.

“I’d been working for ages before it, so it didn’t feel like a big break. I’m glad it’s still resonating with some folk. It was a ground breaker in television terms, a good time.”

Aidan took off to America after it was made to reclaim his anonymity. The country took to him. He was spotted on stage in New York and landed the part of Tommy Carcetti in critically adored show The Wire.

Since then there have been parts in IRA film Shadowdancer and police drama Identity with Keeley Hawes, as well as a turn in seedy crime romp Love / Hate which was a massive success in Ireland, where he now lives with his family having returned from the States.

“It’s a crime drama, but not a traditional cops and robbers story. it’s more concerned with the dynamics of a gang, and is more concerned with a time and a place - the tail end of the boom in Ireland when the recession hits,” he said.

“The world these guys operate out of is more middle class than you would traditionally expect, it’s not a bunch of guys in tracksuits being chased by the cops.

“When it first went out in Ireland some people were under the impression that it was violent, but the violence is limited by comparison to some other stuff, It’s not excessive and it has meaning. In fact, there were more complaints about a scene with dogs fighting than someone getting murdered in one episode.”

Those who missed the series on STV two years ago can catch it later in the summer when its shown on Channel 5.

Before then, he’s set for the release of one of several indie flicks he worked on last year.

Most imminent is Mister John, a story of brotherly relationships and wanderlust which will be given its world premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival. It will be screened at the Filmhouse and Cineworld in Edinburgh on 24 and 30 June.

He said: “It’s quite an atmospheric, thoughtful travel movie. I’ve been calling it a ‘psychological travelogue’.

“It’s about a guy who’s unhappy living in London and goes to Singapore where his brother, who he hasn’t spoken to for years, has passed away.

“He goes along and immerses himself in the world of his brother who he didn’t know. It’s quite an arty film. We had a lot of fun doing it.

“I like the Edinburgh Film Festival, and I’ve liked what I’ve experienced of Glasgow’s Film Festival too.”

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