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Crime pays Kin star Sam Keeley flattered by early comparisons to Love/Hate and The Sopranos

Keeley is also certain Dubliner Yasmin Seky is going to become a star


Sam Keeley stars as Eric Kinsella in RTÉ’s crime drama 'Kin'

Sam Keeley stars as Eric Kinsella in RTÉ’s crime drama 'Kin'

Sam Keeley stars as Eric Kinsella in RTÉ’s crime drama 'Kin'

Kin star Sam Keeley has revealed he is flattered by early comparisons of the series to Love/Hate and The Sopranos

The Offaly actor, who plays Eric ‘Viking’ Kinsella on the series, saw his character survive a drive-by assassination that killed his young cousin in the first episode.

The beautifully shot series on the fictional Kinsella crime gang in Dublin, has featured street violence and murder in the first episode while a scene in tonight’s episode is set to show the vicious beating of a drug addict.

It has been a huge ratings success for the national broadcaster but it faced a dissenting voice this week from former Dublin mayor, Christy Burke, who criticised RTÉ for glamorising violence by airing the show.

On a Zoom call this week from Australia, Sam Keeley says people are entitled to their opinion.

“Unfortunately, because these are real stories that have affected people’s lives these are integral parts of those stories.

“I think (people) should go and watch the show because to me there is nothing glamorous about losing your kids, there is nothing glamorous about drug use, there is nothing glamorous about fighting in the street but unfortunately these things are part of the stories of the characters that we’re telling, and we have to that justice,” he said.

With a Who’s Who of the Irish acting world on the cast, he knew he was part of a special show from the outset – and explained how the cast created a tight bond when they ended up serendipitously forming their own neighbourhood in Dublin’s docks.

“I got an Airbnb down by the docks in Dublin and it turned out everyone else got one there as well. We were all in our bubble, we became very close very quickly and it worked very well for the show.”

After sharing most of his scenes with actress, Yasmin Seky, in her first ever TV role, he is certain the Dubliner is going to become a star.

“She’s a natural talent, she’s got a great passion for the work, she’s a wonderful person. She knows this story, she knows these characters, she grew up in Cabra. She can very easily click not this mode of Nikita who is very different from who Yasmin is.

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“She is going to be a star.”

As far comparison to Love/Hate and the Sopranos, he finds it very flattering.

“I think the Soprano is one of the best television shows ever to be made and Love/Hate was so important to Ireland because I think we broke through to another echelon when that show was made and that really set the precedent for what we could do both at home and on an international level.”

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