Limerick actor sees the benefit of Dark Knight Rises appearance

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LIMERICK actor Kevin Kiely who featured in Hollywood blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises, is already reaping the benefits of his appearance on the silver screen.

LIMERICK actor Kevin Kiely who featured in Hollywood blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises, is already reaping the benefits of his appearance on the silver screen.

Kiely, from Woodlawn Park on the Ballysimon Road who played a Gotham City thug and received a roundhouse kick to the jaw from Selina Kyle - actor Anne Hathaway - in the new Batman movie, has meetings over the next few days on a new Morgan Freeman film, in his base of London.

“I have a couple of meetings this week and next on a franchise film with Morgan Freeman,” he said. “I will stay tight-lipped on it at the moment. Basically what I am after is more narrative, even if it is a smaller film, so I am much more interested in choosing my course.”

The 26-year-old, who is also set to appear alongside Brad Pitt in the still-in-development World War Z, was the guest of honour at a Limerick premiere of the film in Showtime Cinema on the Ennis Road last week, attended by 70 of his family and friends.

“It was an interesting experience, very daunting to watch it at all in the first place,” smiled Kevin. “Ah it was great, when I appeared on the screen there was a little bit of minor uproar,” he laughed.

“But they managed to keep with the story. The film itself is unbelievable, I think they did a great job in actually telling the story and keeping it hidden from the public, I think they did really well.”

The actor filmed his role - credited as ‘Basement Thug #1’ in the credits of the film - over six days, amounting to about six minutes of screen time.

“I am in it now no matter what, for ever more and for all to see,” said Kevin. “I spent six days filming, over and back to Ealing studios in North London, and then we did some work in London Fields.

“They actually cast me in a different role, a smaller role somewhere else in the film, and then re-cast me when Chris Nolan met me, so that meant I got paid twice,” he laughed.

“More than half of the stuff we shot in the scene wasn’t used, but my job was to give them choices, not to edit the scene. It was great, really good.”

The actor lamented the tragic events in Colorado, where a gunman opened fire on a cinema full of Batman fans, killing 12 people in the massacre.

“I wouldn’t like to elaborate on it, I don’t think it is my place, but for what it is worth I send my condolences to those people in Aurora,” Kevin said simply.