Jack Reynor: A Young Star is Born
By Anna Spiewak, Contributing Entertainment Editor
If you haven’t heard of Jack Reynor yet, don’t worry. You will in due time.
He may have just starred in an Irish indie flick “What Richard Did,” showcased most recently at the Tribeca Film Festival. But it was his leading performance that got him cast in the fourth installment of Michael Bay’s Transformers. Reynor will be starring in the blockbuster hit in the nearest future opposite Mark Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz. All three of the actors are contracted for three films, beginning a new Transformers trilogy. And from the looks of things, it seems to be just the beginning for the Irish-American actor.
Prior to Lenny Abrahamson’s flick, 21-year-old Reynor also gave a head-turning performance in Dollhouse, directed by Oscar-nominated Kirsten Sheridan. Most recently, Reynor wrapped up a DreamWorks picture Delivery Man opposite Vince Vaughn, a gig he booked just a couple of days after arriving in L.A. from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
The young handsome star could not hide his excitement during our chat at his interview alongside Abrahamson for their dramatic film “What David Did,” based on Irish author Kevin Power’s award-winning book Bad Day in Blackrock.
“Richard’s done great things for me. I was fortunate enough to land a role in Delivery Man after that, and DreamWorks took great care of me,” Reynor explained in how he eventually landed the role that will make his career. “When Hurricane Sandy happened, I went and spent a month in LA, I was shooting that movie here, so I went off during that hiatus, and it landed me enough time to get into the Transformers race, and after a meeting or two with Michael (Bay) and a couple of leads, I came out on top of it, it was great.”
Since Transformers 4 just started filming recently, coming to theaters June 2014, audiences, in the meantime, can catch the young Irish actor starring in the title role of “What Richard Did,” where he portrays golden boy rugby player Richard Karlsen who is part of Dublin suburbia’s privileged class and whose future is bright. It’s his last summer before he goes off to college. He’s an alpha male who saves girls form boy predators, peers look up to him, and elders adore him.
“He’s just about harmony and what’s right. He’s just a really good guy in every way,” said Reynor of his Richard character.
But all of that is set to change during a night when Richard makes one deadly mistake, and his life suddenly takes an unexpected turn, where he is close to losing everything. His life’s fate causes Richard to go through a slight identity crisis, questioning who he is and what he has done.
“He’s literally on his own, facing his own demons,” Reynor added.
Although born in Colorado, Reynor moved back to Ireland at age 2. He speaks in a clean Irish accent when explaining that he has read Power’s book, on which the film was based, as part of his school’s curriculum.
“I knew what the material was and I was incredibly excited about it from the moment I knew it was going to be made into a film,” he said. “Then when they told me Lenny (Abrahamson, the director) was doing it, I was like ‘I have to get this one.’”
The young actor grew up in a similar setting outside of Dublin, in the countryside, having an “insider’s perspective” on the character of Richard and his surroundings.
For more information on the film, visit: http://whatricharddid.ie/
For more information on Transformers 4, go to: http://www.transformers.com
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