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Garrett Lombard - Pure Mule

Monday, 7 September 2009

Part two of the reunited characters in Pure Mule airs tonight on RTE and to talk about the show and life as a well known Irish actor, Garrett will be joining us on the sofa for a chat and a bit of name dropping (Colin, Johnathon, Angelina.. )

Originally from Gorey, Co. Wexford, Garrett started his acting career at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin and graduated in 2000. Upon graduation he found himself working on a building site. Through perseverance he sent out his CV to loads of theatre groups and eventually got offered a part on Alone It Stands.

His other theater credits include: Playing from the Heart, The Field, Our Country's Good, 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, Artists and Admirers and Attempts On Her Life (for TCD's Acting Studies).

In 2006 he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Award in the Irish Times Theatre Awards for The Year of the Hiker. Garrett also appeared in the same year as Blake in Druid's production of Enda Walsh's new play The Walworth Farce which travelled to the Edinburgh International Festival, winning a Fringe First Award for 2007 as well as numerous 4 star reviews.

Garrett's film and television credits include Pure Mule for which he was nominated for an IFTA for Best Actor for his portrayal of the character Scobie, Love is the Drug, Alexander (dir. Oliver Stone). He appeared as Anton in David Gleeson's new feature film The Front Line and as Ray Hogan in Rough Diamond (BBC1/RTE).

Garrett most recently appeared in ALL MY SONS directed by Robin Lefevre at the Gate Theatre, Dublin.
Pure Mule was written as a six part series aimed at a young audience by the playwright Eugene O'Brien. It portrayed a very modern depiction of life in the midlands. Some themes were seen as quite risky and edgy for an Irish audience with storylines including a gay-themed night, cocaine use, threesome's, binge drinking, and casual sexual intercourse. But the general consensus was that it was true to life.

Each episode followed the journey of one character over a weekend from Friday until Monday.

Pure Mule won five IFTA's from seven nominations in 2005. IFTA's Pure Mule won included Best Actor, Best Actress and Best supporting Actress. Lombard was nominated but didn't win on the night.

The show received critical success when the original series aired over six episodes in September 2005, Pure Mule also proved to be a big hit in the ratings, receiving an audience of 437,000 for the final episode

The Last Weekend: Tonight at 9.35 RTE1
Pure Mule: The Last Weekend reunites many of the much-loved characters of the original series set in a community now in economic freefall. Four years on The Last Weekend finds Scobie (Garrett Lombard) with his bags packed for Australia to join his brother Seamie and Terese. There's not much going on with Scobie in Ireland having lost his job on the building site and now working as a site security man - Australia seems the place for him to make a new life for himself. But he's not sure he's ready to leave home. He's still someone in this town. He has a comfortable, casual relationship with single mother Julie (Orla Fitzgerald) and he's still popular with the ladies, although younger local buck Dean (Diarmuid Noyes) seems to be stealing his thunder more and more lately.

Things don't seem to go to plan and the weekend he is due to leave brings his unrequited love Jennifer back into town. Jennifer has returned from England to attend her mother's funeral and brings her English boyfriend of two years with her. He helped her get her act together in London.

Scobie's doubts about leaving grow, much to the consternation of his mother Angela (Gail Fitzpatrick) and her boyfriend Cliff (Liam Carney).

The four year gap gave the writer Eugene an opportunity to develop the characters more. Scobie - used to be very sure of himself and a happy go lucky kind of fellow but now there's an element of bitterness to his character.

Pure Mule: The Last Weekend was shot entirely in the midlands for four weeks in June and July this year.