Gabriel Byrne says Richard Burton told him he did “the most appalling shit for money”.

Gabriel Byrne has claimed that Richard Burton once told him he was ashamed to be an actor.

Irish actor worked with Burton on the 1983 TV series wagnerwith legendary stage and screen actor taking Byrne under his wing during filming in Venice.

In a new interview withThe TelegraphByrne recalled having a drink with Burton after a day of shooting, when Burton told him that he was “pretty embarrassed to be an actor sometimes.”

“I did the most appalling shit for money,” Burton apparently said. “Give everything you’ve got but never forget it’s just a damn movie, that’s all it is. We don’t cure cancer.”

“Those words stuck with me,” Byrne said.

In 2020 he published his memoirs walking with ghosts, about his life growing up on the outskirts of Dublin.

It was announced on Wednesday (18 May) that he will be bringing a live show of the same name to the West End in September, having performed it in Dublin earlier this year.

told Byrne WhatsOnStage: “The West End has always meant more to me (more than Broadway, although I’ve worked there three or four times).

“It was here that I had my first theater experience outside of Dublin – so it had a far-flung magical appeal. I saw some great plays there, so it was a big ambition of mine to be there.”

Walking with Ghosts will play at the Apollo Theater September 6-17 before heading to New York.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/news/gabriel-byrne-richard-burton-walking-with-ghosts-b2081724.html Gabriel Byrne says Richard Burton told him he did “the most appalling shit for money”.


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