Robert Arkins who played Jimmy Rabbitte, in the film 'The Commitments' talks about what is next for him.

Robert Arkins tells Shay Healy how originally he auditioned for the role of Deco Cuffe the singer in 'The Commitments', a part which subsequently went to Andrew Strong. Although he didn't get the part, director Alan Parker recognised his singing talent and Robert sang two songs on 'The Commitments' album. His band 'Housebroken' got a record deal with MCA Records on the back of a demo tape which Parker submitted to the label on his his behalf.

When asked about about being stuck with the name 'Jimmy Rabbitte' after the film and the opportunities that the part could bring his way Arkins says,

I'm not committed to The Commitments.

For now he is putting his acting career on hold to focus on the band, but does not rule out a possible return to the screen in the future.

This episode of 'Nighthawks' presented by Shay Healy was broadcast on 14 January 1992.

‘Nighthawks’ was a programme that was set in a bar/café where the presenter Shay Healy was also the proprietor. The content was a mixture of comedy sketches, interviews, music performances and music videos.

‘Nighthawks’ was broadcast between 1988 and 1992 and went out three nights a week.