Call it the luck o’ the Irish.
When Ciarán Hinds—who plays Aberforth Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—signed on to star in The Eclipse, he never dreamed he’d be living in his dream home.
But thanks to the global economic meltdown, that’s precisely what came to pass on the set of the spooky new thriller.
“They’d built these houses around the golf course and they wanted people to buy time shares so they would spend six weeks in Ireland with state-of-the-art kitchens, bedrooms. But because of the economy, nothing was selling,” he tells Milling About host Robin Milling.
“So when the producers spoke to the owners and found that business was dead, they did a deal and put up our crew and actors—about 40 people all together—there.
“We all had a house each, so it was probably the best accommodation I’ve ever had on a location,” the Irish actor continues.
“On Saturdays, we’d go into Cork and go to the lovely English market and get provisions and we’d cook each other meals in our houses. It was really lovely.
“I gave up golf when I was around 17 when other guys started taking it too seriously and throwing their golf clubs—blaming the club and not their ability to play.
“Aidan Quinn [who co-stars in The Eclipse] is a brilliant golfer, so he was a very happy bunny.”
A horror-romance opening today in limited release, The Eclipse tells the story of a widower living in a seaside Irish town who believes he’s seeing ghosts.
To hear Ciarán’s full interview, which debuts today, March 26, at 12pm ET, click here.