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what a marvel Victoria Smurfit wants to play mad old Irish witch... just to impress her kids

Smurfit, 47, stars in the brilliant new Irish comedy Deadly Cuts, as a bunch of Dublin hairdressers become accidental vigilantes and community heroes

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Victoria Smurfit  (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)

Victoria Smurfit (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)

Victoria Smurfit (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)

She has long been one of the most prominent heroines of the Irish film industry and now Victoria Smurfit has set her sights on landing a role to impress her kids.

Smurfit, 47, stars in the brilliant new Irish comedy Deadly Cuts, as a bunch of Dublin hairdressers become accidental vigilantes and community heroes as they take on the gang members threatening their community.

Yet Victoria has told sundayworld.com that it takes a lot to impress her three children, as she admits appearing as a comic book hero might finally give her some credibility at home.

"I would do a Marvel movie in a heartbeat! How cool would my kids think I was if I was in one of those?" she told us.

"They might actually acknowledge my existence if I was in a movie like that.

"So if there is a role for some mad old Irish witch, then I am waiting for the call! I'll pull my tights on and let's get going.

"My kids just don't see me as famous at all, but they were very sweet when the Cruella movie came out recently with Emma Stone in the lead role.

"I played Cruella in a TV series in the States and when we went to see this version, they all said there's only one Cruella!

"That role did impress my second daughter. She was at the right age for it and all her friends were obsessed by it, so when I picked her up from school, she said this was working for her.

"All her friends thought she was cool because her Mam was the woman from Cruella. That cred didn't last too long, but it was great while it lasted."

Deadly Cuts has played a key role as part of the drive to encourage a return to cinema in Ireland this month and Smurfit hopes the revival can continue.

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"It's a great testament to the producers and directors of this movie that we have got it into the cinema," she added.

"There were times in the last 18 months where we wondered if we would ever sit in a theatre again and watch a movie, but for us now to slide in on the back on this James Bond when everyone is going back to the cinemas is brilliant.

"They could have sold this film to the first streamer who was desperate for content during the pandemic, so it is great to have something fun to go and watch through the winter months."

Read a full interview with Victoria Smurfit in this weekend's Magazine+, free with the Sunday World.

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