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CUT ABOVE Victoria Smurfit 'burst into tears' when she received Covid-19 vaccine

The Hollywood star chats about finally getting back to normal, anti-vaxxers and why the Dublin humour is so special

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Hollywood star Victoria Smurfit.

Hollywood star Victoria Smurfit.

Hollywood star Victoria Smurfit.

As each piece of the jigsaw slots back into place, we are all daring to believe our collective nightmare is coming to an end and Victoria Smurfit relished another slice of normality as he she return to Dublin earlier this month.

Walking down the red carpet with her new boyfriend Steve Jacob for the premiere of the sharp new Irish comedy Deadly Cuts earlier this month allowed Smurfit to believe normality was within touching distance, after the film’s release was pushed back time and again due to the pandemic.

Now the ray of joyous delight this devious movie will provide in cinemas across the country this weekend reminds us of days when we could all laugh together in the same room without fear.

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A scene from the new movie which also stars Angeline Ball and Shauna Higgins.

A scene from the new movie which also stars Angeline Ball and Shauna Higgins.

A scene from the new movie which also stars Angeline Ball and Shauna Higgins.

Deadly Cuts showcases Dublin humour at its devious best and Victoria, who plays the nasty character of Pippa, struggled to contain her excitement as she spoke exclusively to the Sunday World from her home in London’s Notting Hill.

“We all wondered when we would go back to cinemas, but it feels like this is the moment to do it,” she told Magazine+ in an exclusive interview.

“It was just so strange that we went from what was normal to something very different so quickly. Now we are coming out of it and it was so strange to get on a plane, fly to Dublin, get dressed up and go on a red carpet for the premiere of Deadly Cuts. It’s so exciting.

“We have to believe this nightmare is coming to an end and all we can all do now is be smart and we look to move forward.

“There was a point in this pandemic all where the idea of going into a cinema with other people just seemed so untenable and so unimaginable, but God bless the vaccines and the testing because it feels like we are coming getting to whatever the new normal is.

“It’s a great testament to the producers and directors of this movie that we have got it into the cinema.

“They could have sold this film to the first streamer who was desperate for content during the pandemic, but they held their nerve and good on them.

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“Now it’s great to have something fun to go and watch through the winter months and hopefully we can slide in on the wave of enthusiasm to return to cinemas created by the new James Bond movie.”

A black comedy set in a working-class Dublin hair salon where the stylists become accidental vigilantes and community heroes as they take on the gang members and gentrifiers threatening their community, Deadly Cuts is old-style Irish comedy rebranded a modern generation.

Angeline Ball (The Commitments) and Pauline McLynn (Father Ted) are some of the familiar on-screen faces in a female-led cast directed by Dubliner Rachel Carey, who also penned the screenplay for Deadly Cuts.

Smurfit’s presence on the cast lists adds to its sparkle and she is convinced this is the movie we all need after putting up with so much misery in recent months.

The broad Dublin accents that give Deadly Cuts its authenticity might be a challenge for viewers outside of Ireland to compute, but Victoria is convinced the movie will be a success beyond Ireland.

“There’s something about the Dublin humour that’s special,” says the stunning47-year Dublin-born actress.

“There is something about the lateral thinking and the colourful choices of descriptions that make it just it’s very own.

“This film is so outrageous and what’s brilliant about Rachel Carey’s brilliant screenplay for this movie is it gives everyone a look onto small-time Dublin and also how big the comedy can go.

“This is just what we all need right now. There is a theory that when the world is in good place, the drama and the TV that comes out tends to be more hard-hitting.

“Then when the world is struggling, there is a lot more comedy because we need to rebalance, so Deadly Cuts is perfectly times and I’m sure this movie will travel well, despite the broad Dublin accents.

“If it’s alright for the Commitments to have strong accents in there, it’s alright for Deadly Cuts and if anyone needs subtitles, then press the button and get subtitles.

“People in the UK watching this movie are certainly going to learn a lot more Dublin colloquial sayings that they were going to be bringing home to wherever in the world we are watching.

“This is a mad film about hairdresser wars, personal failings, romances dying, gangster and the most outlandish possible things you can imagine, but most importantly, you can expect laughs from start to finish.

“As usual, I’m playing the baddy, but that’s grand. I got to play the role with some really talented actors and had a great time.

“There are some mad things in there and I got to fully embrace my most heinously posh lady and I got to have a lot of fun with that.”

Reflections of what we have all lived through over the last 18 months are very personal and for Smurfit, the depth of her emotion was evident on the day when she received her first vaccine.

While the ongoing intrusion of the jarringly vocal anti-vaxxer movement continues to pollute the flow of debate, one of Ireland’s most recognisable faces sums up her mood with vivid clarity.

“I burst into tears when I got my vaccine,” she added. “The relief of getting it, the stress that I didn’t even know I was carrying rushed out of me.

“Obviously everyone is allowed their opinions in life, but I find it very sad that there is no debate anymore about issues that matter.

“If there is no debate there is no way to listen and learn and that’s why some people are not making an informed decision.

“They are making a decision that they have stuck upon because that’s the message they got from the echo chamber of their social media. It’s a real shame.

“If you are in an anti-vaxxer's world, that’s your choice, but that choice could harm a lot of people who are living in a different world.”

The moment for all of us to smile again is fast approaching... and not before time.

  • Deadly Cuts is in all cinemas now.

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