The path of true love, they say, is never smooth, but it can be very funny and 'Little White Lie' (RTÉ One, Monday 4 August 9.30pm) provides plenty of laughs.
It follows Barry (Andrew Scott), a misfit actor who meets the woman of his dreams (Elaine Cassidy) - and then has to give the performance of his career to try and keep her.
Here the young Irish actor talks to Harry Guerin about the comedy-drama, his fear of heights and the fun he had playing... an actor.
Harry Guerin: Impersonating psychiatrists, falling out with control freak directors, dressing up as furry animals and climbing cranes - it'd be a foolish actor who would pass up this script.
Andrew Scott: I wouldn’t say I’m not a foolish actor but, yeah: it was an enormously fun part to play.
HG: If you had to sell 'Little White Lie' to someone who's staying in next Bank Holiday Monday what would you say?
AS: Go out and get some fresh air.
HG: That's nearly as enthusiastic as you are in the butter ad in the story. How often did you actually have to eat that corn on the cob?
AS: A lot. But I’m an actor. I’m grateful for any meal.
HG: You really capture the torment of someone who wants someone else so badly they end up going out of their way to mess things up. Was the misfit romantic based on personal experience?
AS: I think you have to bring aspects of yourself to every role. So, yeah, I did drag up some of my less debonair moments. I think that’s what’s really nice about the film. Everybody has messed up in their love life at some point.
HG: One of the great things about the script is how Barry Murphy and Stuart Carolan have managed to write something that is sweet and sarcastic at the same time, do you agree that good comedy is the hardest thing to find?
AS: Absolutely. Finding the tone of comedy is much harder to do because it has to be rooted in real truth. It was the first thing I thought about the script, how rare it is to find something that is genuinely funny without being smarmy and derivative. I think they’re enormously talented.
HG: Did you have much rehearsal time? Because it's very noticeable how well you all bounce off each other onscreen.
AS: Thanks. Actually no, we didn’t have a huge amount of time, but we had a great bunch of actors and that’s the most important thing; to be able to be prepared for anything to happen on the day. It makes a huge difference to have people who you can really trust.
HG: What was the funniest thing that happened during the filming?
AS: I spent most of the shoot laughing. It’s amazing the stupid things you laugh at when you’re drunk.
HG: Were you scared climbing that crane?
AS: Terrified. Heights are not my thing. Elaine Cassidy, on the other hand, climbed that crane like King Kong. Fearless.
HG: One thing that's very obvious very early on in 'Little White Lie' is that it has the potential to become a series. Do you think we'll see any more of Barry and the gang?
AS: I’m afraid I have no idea.
HG: You and Elaine make such a good onscreen couple that it'd be a shame if things ended here...
AS: Oh, it won’t. We’re going to start up a magic act.
HG: You'd be best known to a lot of people for playing another misfit - Tommy in the smart Irish thriller 'Dead Bodies'. Did that film open up a lot of doors for you and do people still ask you about it?
AS: Yeah, it was great the way people responded to it. I sometimes get asked about the lizard.
HG: You've done theatre work on Broadway and the West End, but that's something that perhaps Irish viewers are unaware of in your career. Can you tell us about the plays you've done and who you've worked with?
AS: I’ve been really lucky to work with some of Ireland’s best playwrights; Conor McPherson, Martin McDonagh and Brian Friel. Last year I did 'The Vertical Hour' by David Hare with Julianne Moore and Bill Nighy on Broadway and it was the fulfilment of a lifelong dream.
HG: It's heartening that there's so much good Irish TV and film being done right now. Do you feel lucky to be in the industry at this particular time and what would you like to see more of?
AS: Yes, all the time. I’m very grateful to be involved. I think we need to encourage young writers as much as possible. I’d love to see a big Irish TV epic like 'Strumpet City' again.
HG: Do you write anything yourself?
HG: What other projects have you got coming up?
AS: I’ve just finished a film adaptation of 'The Duel' by Anton Chekhov which should be out next year.