‘Ballsy’ Irish actor to join Wahlberg in Transformers

The most famous Irish actor you’ve never heard of is to star opposite Mark Wahlberg in the next Transformer movie.

Jack Reynor, from Wicklow, may not be a household name either here or in the US, but he is about to be. The 22-year-old has beencast by Michael Bay to star opposite Wahlberg in Transformers 4 — about as big a blockbuster as you can get in terms of global recognition.

Bay is clearly a fan and said he was won over by the “ballsy” Wicklow man by watching his breakout performance in Lenny Abrahamson’s critically acclaimed What Richard Did. The film was based loosely on the tragic death of a Dublin teenager outside a nightclub in 2000.

“I just hired a great new actor for Transformers 4 to star against Mark Wahlberg. Jack Reynor, he is an Irish kid that came to America with 30 bucks in his pocket. Pretty ballsy. Seriously who does that? Anyway I spotted him in a great little Irish movie, What Richard Did. This kid is the real deal,” he said.

The director also said the latest Transformers instalment would not merely be a rehash of the previous efforts and pointed to a new direction for the franchise.

“Transformers 4, is not a reboot. That word has been floating around on the net. This movie takes place exactly four years after the war in Chicago. The story makes a very natural transition, and reason as to why we have a whole new cast. This Transformers will feel very different then the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy.”

Reynor, who was born in the US, was raised in Wicklow and attended Belvedere College. The 22-year-old has been very coy on Twitter about the role merely stating he has been “very busy”.

Razzie awards

The Twilight finale had better reviews than the franchise’s previous four films, but you’d never know it from the Razzies nominations for Hollywood’s worst of the year.

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 led the Razzies line-up with 11 nominations, including worst picture, lead-acting slots for Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, and supporting acting nominations for Taylor Lautner and Ashley Greene.

Other worst-picture nominees are the naval action tale Battleship, the family flick The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, Adam Sandler’s raunchy dud That’s My Boy, and Eddie Murphy’s comedy flop A Thousand Words.

A spoof of the Academy Awards, the Razzies announcement came before today’s Oscar nominations. Winners for the 33rd annual Razzies will be announced on Feb 23, the night before the Oscar show.

Tyler Perry was nominated for both worst actor (Alex Cross and Good Deeds) and actress (Madea’s Witness Protection, in which he reprised his cross-dressing title character).

Along with Sandler, Pattinson, and Perry, worst-actor contenders are Nicolas Cage for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Seeking Justice; and Murphy for A Thousand Words.

Joining Stewart and Perry in the worst-actress line-up are Katherine Heigl for One for the Money; Milla Jovovich for Resident Evil: Retribution; and Barbra Streisand for The Guilt Trip.

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