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Full Moone Fever
He now rubs shoulders with Hollywood’s comedy A-list but is Chris O’Dowd really an expert dancer and extremely well-endowed to boot? With his Roscommon-set comedy Moone Boy on the way the funnyman opens up to Craig Fitzpatrick.
Craig Fitzpatrick, 14 Sep 2012
"No!” Supposed nice guy Chris O’Dowd is booming across the table, his face like thunder. “No. You make a silly face, big balls!”
Thankfully his irritation is directed at an imaginary snapper, rather than a tangible writer. And it is, of course, all tongue-in-cheek. O’Dowd is sitting in the Guinness Storehouse, another drink ordered, charming a cluster of reporters as is his wont. He can’t like facing the press, I’ve ventured, casting sideways glances at my fellow professionals. A lovely bunch, I’m just glad they’re not all facing me.
“I don’t mind them actually,” the Sligo man smiles back. “I wasn’t even trying to get out of it at the start, I was just looking for another pint! But I don’t mind this at all. Do you know what I hate? Photoshoots. I fucking hate them. I just feel like a dancing bear. Almost literally. It’s not even that [they ask to ‘be sexy’]. What they’ll generally do is say, ‘Make a silly face!’.”
It’s par for the glittering course the comic actor’s career has taken in the past few years. Born in Sligo and reared in the small Roscommon town of Boyle (more on that in a moment), O’Dowd bounced from UCD’s Dramasoc (after a stint on RTÉ’s The Clinic) across the water and into a role in cult Channel 4 comedy The IT Crowd. His comedic chops there for all to see on British TV, film work followed, with appearances in Gulliver’s Travels and The Boat That Rocked. The next jump, unexpected but fully deserved, was even bigger, as he made a splash in Hollywood with a star turn in last year’s Apatow-produced, Kristen Wiig-penned Bridesmaids. It is Apatow’s most successful production, and has put O’Dowd on the map as the thinking woman’s not-entirely-suave comic crumpet of choice.
I’m eager to know what it’s like to have so many female admirers. From a different perspective.
“With the big penis God gave me?!” he asks incredulously. “No, no... It never really comes into my life. I feel people talk about that more than it actually happens. Do I have women chasing me down the street. Not enough dude!”