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drug mob Kin star Charlie Cox denies the RTE crime drama glamorises violence

The show loosely based on Irish crime family and drug cartel the Kinahans

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Charlie Cox in Kin

Charlie Cox in Kin

Charlie Cox in Kin

Kin star Charlie Cox has denied that the RTE crime drama glamorises violence.

The show follows the lives of the Kinsella family, a small and tight-knit crime family embroiled in a war against a powerful drug mob boss.

Kin has been described by some as being loosely based on Irish crime family and drug cartel the Kinahans, headed up by Daniel Kinahan.

However, RTE insiders have denied the show is based on the life-and-crimes of the Kinahan clan.

The 39-year-old Cox plays Micheal Kinsella, the son of Frank and Amanda Kinsella, who are at war with an international drug cartel.

In an interview with NationalWorld.com, Cox spoke about how violence is portrayed on the show.

"With Kin, it’s loosely based on reality, but what I felt when I read it was that it doesn’t glamorise it.”

“Now, maybe people don’t agree with that; maybe you could argue that just having any violence on television for people to watch is glamorising it. I’m not sure if that’s true,” he explained.

“I don’t really know that I’ve educated myself enough to talk about that – but what I will say is that when I read it, I felt horrible for these people.”

Cox also discussed his character and said he was very excited about the role.

“With Michael, what was quite fun about playing him, what we learn quite quickly, is that the person that we’re meeting is very different from whoever he was years before.

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“I was excited to portray someone who’s gone through a fundamental change. We don’t know what that change is: we learn initially, what we think is the reason, that he’s desperate to rebuild a relationship with his daughter, who he’s been obviously estranged from while he’s been in prison.”

“The only way for him to do that is to disengage from the family business, which is crime,” he explained.

“We do later learn that it’s a bit more complicated than that, and there’s another major factor at play.

“It’s the keeping of those secrets in your mind, as the actor when you’re playing a character, that allows you to portray that truthfully.”

He also praised showrunner Peter McKenna for writing an incredible script.

“I thought Peter McKenna did an amazing job. Every episode I read, I was like, wow, this is really… it’d be very easy to tell this story and to make it a bit too Hollywood, a bit too on the nose?

“I felt like he had many moments, in many scenes, where characters did something that I think is unexpected, but unexpected in a truthful way.”

RTÉ recently announced that the show is set to return for a second season.

The programme, which will air on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player, is set to begin production this summer.

Produced by BRON Studios and Headline Pictures, in association with RTÉ, the show is set to reach a global audience as streaming rights were snapped up by American streaming giant AMC+.

Starring Clare Dunne, Aidan Gillen, and Ciaran Hinds, the show will be broadcast in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Iberia, Latin America and the UK.

Season one of the gritty crime show has an average of over 621,000 viewers on RTÉ One and to date 2.7 million streams on RTÉ Player, making it the most successful drama in Ireland last year.

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