January 16, 1998
DUBLIN funnyman Brendan O’Carroll has pulled off a major coup for his new movie The Mammy.
Angelica Houston will play the title role and direct the film – and Brendan has lined-up another top actress to star alongside her.
O’Carroll‘s business and stage partner Gerry Browne reveals: “I was stunned when Brendan told me he had lined-up Bette Midler.
“It’s unbelievable that we’ve got both her and Angelica in the one movie.”
According to Browne, all the finance is now in place for The Mammy, based on O’Carroll’s best-seller of the same name.
He adds: “Midler will play Marian, Agnes’s (Houston) best friend who dies of cancer. In the book the two of them worked as fruit and veg dealers in Moore Street.”
O’Carroll and Browne are dealing from offices in the old Initial Services building in Cabra. As well as The Mammy, they are putting in place a second film.
Like the novels of Roddy Doyle, The Mammy features pitch-perfect dialogue, lightning wit, and a host of colorful characters. Earthy and exuberant, the novel brilliantly captures the brash energy and cheerful irreverence of working-class Irish life.