Minnie Driver and Chris O'Donnell talk about living with fame, doing an Irish accent, advice from Al Pacino and 'Circle of Friends'.

Minnie Driver and Chris O'Donnell are on The Late Late Show to promote the film 'Circle of Friends' which is adapted from the Maeve Binchy novel of the same name. Directed by Pat O’Connor, the pair respectively play Benny Hogan and Jack Foley, who are part of a group of university students in 1950s Dublin. 

Both actors agree that without their dialect coach Brendan Gunn they would never have been able to do an Irish accent, but at the same time it had to be understood by by an American audience. 

Chris O'Donnell describes working with actor Al Pacino in 'Scent of a Woman' as,

A completely overwhelming experience.

A young actor getting used to fame, Minnie Driver admits is something entirely new but she is enjoying the experience of working in the movies. Her agent in the United States Hylda Queally is a great support in the crazy world that is Hollywood,

It’s like another planet…and to have this wonderful earthy woman in the midst of all of this giving me advice.

Both say the friendliness of people in Ireland are what made happy memories for them during filming, and the countryside and peace of Inistioge in County Kilkenny was a welcome break from New York. 

Chris O'Donnell brought up in an Irish Catholic community, he heard a lot about Ireland growing up, and realised when he arrived that, 

It’s the people, everyone is so friendly and genuine.

A question from an audience member leads Chris O'Donnell to share a piece of advice he received from Al Pacino.   

This episode of The Late Late Show was broadcast on 12 May 1995. The presenter is Gay Byrne.