RTÉ TEN’s Sinead Brennan sat down with Robert Sheehan for a chat about life in Los Angeles and to find out more about his new film The Road Within following its premiere at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.
Robert was back in Ireland for the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival this week, and the website Entertainment.ie managed to get a quick chat in with him.
Playing a Tourette’s sufferer who leaves his treatment facility to scatter his mother’s ashes near the ocean, Sheehan is joined on his journey by OCD patient, Dev Patel, and the anorexic Zoe Kravitz. Not exactly what you’d call your standard role, so there’s no better place to begin.
What drew you to the film, seeing as it’s not a particularly easy role to pull off?
Firstly, the script was just very, very good, and of course the character was so appealing. It’s interesting to find a protagonist who is really an outsider, looking in, yet still not the strong silent type.
With such a tough subject matter, how did you prepare for the role?
I had a good amount of time to prepare, and in that time I got to hang out with people who have Tourette’s. I had a key guy in LA, Jackson, and a key girl in London, Ruth. The first time I met Ruth was at a Tourette’s support group. I arrived a little late, she went ‘You must be Rob, are you here for the meeting?’ so I said nice to meet you, and she goes ‘fuck you, to be sure’ as she threw her middle fingers up at me. So I was learning things from the word go.
Robert attended a Q&A after the premiere of the film “Moonwalkers” at SXSW Film Festival a couple of weeks ago, and, thanks to one of the fans in attendance, we now have a video to share with you.
Our gallery has been updated with a photo session from 2013 that we were missing. Thanks to Holly, from jamiecbower.com, for sending them our way!
Robert attended the premiere of “The Road Within” at Jameson Dublin International Film Festival last night in Dublin, Ireland. Our gallery has been updated with the first images from the event, and we’ll add more as we find them.