Father Ted star Pauline McLynn has said that her parents, and co-star Ardal O'Hanlon's parents, were "frightened to death" when they attended the recording of the classic episode in which the late Brendan Grace played Father Fintan Stack.
McLynn was a guest on the Ray D'Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 to discuss An Post's launch of Father Ted stamps when talked turned to Brendan Grace's iconic cameo as the malevolent visitor to Father Ted Crilly (the late Dermot Morgan) and co on Craggy Island.
"My parents and Ardal O'Hanlon's parents came to see the recording of the episode that he was in - and they were frightened to death!" McLynn recounted.
"Because, of course, we remembered him from growing up as being Bottler and, you know, his stand-up. He was one of the few people that you could go and see live in Ireland at the time - a comedian, and fabulously funny. And they came and saw him and he was really evil in that episode. And both sets of parents were quite shook afterwards!"
He had his fun and that's all that matters.— RTÉ2 (@RTE2) July 11, 2019
Brendan Grace surprised us all when he portrayed the hilariously dark and sinister Father Fintan Stack tormenting Father Ted and Dougal back in 1996.
By chance, that very episode is on tonight at 9:30pm pic.twitter.com/M9L99p1yQG
Although Father Stack's classic line, "I had my fun, and that's all that matters", does not feature on the stamps to mark Father Ted's 25th anniversary, McLynn said the designers had found a way to make it part of the launch.
"The design team who made these An Post stamps said, 'We've had our fun, and that's all that matters!' - they actually said that in a little press release!"
"Judi Dench, the great Dame Judi, said recently that all we can do at the moment is keep laughing," she added. "And I think that that's what these An Post stamps do; they just make you smile."