Monthly Archives: January 2015

Male Models Make Movies Baby…


Male models Eoin Macken and Carl Shaaban took a wee break from looking mystic & windswept, pointing at things in the near distance, and drinking orange mocha frappachinos to make a documentary film about the Irish modelling industry. Called ‘The Fashion of Modelling’ their movie makes the bold suggestion that the majority of our precious photocall princesses aint real models at all, but merely promo girls! Noooo. Say it aint true?? Sorry folks. You won’t find male models Eoin Macken and Carl Shaaban standing on Grafton Street in the freezing cold clad only in their jocks, smiling inanely as a ropey snapper makes them dance like monkeys in the hope that whatever product they are peddling makes it onto page 27 of the Evening Herald. No way. These guys are proper models. Thoroughbreds. …

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Eoin Macken and Carl Shaaban


They are male models and filmmakers. Eoin and Carl don’t conform to the beefcake stereotypes of life as a male model. Both have hugely successful careers as clothes horses, but they’ve also just launched a documentary film examining the fashion industry in Ireland. In terms of modelling credits, both Eoin and Carl have featured on the pages of GQ. Eoin has just shot a big advertising campaign for Braun and has modelled for Ralph Lauren and Abercrombie and Fitch. This new film project The Fashion of Modelling, was inspired by Eoin’s younger sister and her friends. …

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Watch the hour long documentary directed by Eoin C Macken and produced by Carl Shaaban

More pictures of the screening in our gallery.

National Geographic’s Killing Jesus


Trailers


A look behind the scenes

 
About

Eoin plays the part of Antipas and will premiere globally on National Geographic Channel this spring in 171 countries and 45 languages. The movie hails from the Emmy-nominated team behind Killing Kennedy, including O’Reilly, Scott Free Productions’ Ridley Scott, David Zucker, Mary Lisio and Teri Weinberg. Executive producer: “With this stellar cast and breathtaking script by Walon, based on Bill’s page-turner, we are going to explore the seismic political and historical events that surrounded the life and death of Jesus as never before.”

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Cast Picture Eoin Macken

 

Some interviews with Eoin talking about filming

Macken was hand-picked for the part of young Herod Antipas.
Dublin actor, director and author Eoin Macken (31) is set to star in Ridley Scott’s new series ‘Killing Jesus’.
Irish actor Eoin Macken tells all about his new role in Ridley Scott’s Killing Jesus – and admits his forgot his lines the first week of filming.
Eoin Macken tells Goss.ie about landing role in new Ridley Scott movie


A few interesting links

National Geographic’s ‘Killing Jesus’ To Expand To 4 Hours, Walon Green To Write
National Geopgraphic histrical mini series Killing Jesus casts Kelsey Grammer, Stephen Moyer, Eoin Macken, …
‘Killing Jesus’ Creators Defend Project To Dubious Press – TCA
NBC Motorcycle Doctor Eoin Macken as Herod Antipas
National Geographic Channel’s KILLING JESUS Charts the Intense Political, Social and Historical Conflicts That Led to the Execution of One of History’s Most Well-Known Figures
National Geographic’s Killing Jesus to premiere on Palm Sunday
Kelsey Grammer Plays Diseased Tyrant Herod the Great in National Geographic’s ‘Killing Jesus’

Pictures

Eoin at National Geographic reception and Killing Jesus TCA Panel and more …

Find all cast and crew on their IDMB Page.

My thoughts on Kingdom Of Scars, the debut novel by Eoin C Macken


What if all books had a black cover? Would you choose the same ones as you did now …?

I usually don’t pick up this kind of genre. So why buy? In this case it was the name of the writer. I read his poems, a chapter on his blog and because I’ve been supporting the guy for the past two years, wasn’t going to stop now. He’s been up to many things in different fields, this was something new. This is his first novel. The first of hopefully more to come because it’s darn good. Being a nominee for best Newcomer of 2014 at the Irish Book Awards proofs that, doesn’t it? It’s truely heartwarming to see all the positive responses on social media.

This is a little something I wrote being in Ireland for the book launch:

Sitting down in a pub in Dublin writing this blog while live Irish music is playing in the background. Perfect place to start writing about Kingdom Of Scars, a book by Eoin Macken which is set in … Howth, Ireland.

While being here, I want to visit the beautiful coast lines and towns like Bray, Dalkey, Howth, … simply by hopping on the DART. So it’s actually funny to see them all appear in the book. Hey, I might even have been sitting next to one of the characters, … who knows?!

I’ve read a lot of books, switching from genre to genre as the mood or things happening in my life took me. Not that many writers are able to capture me with the very first chapter, not wanting to put it down till early hours in the morning or almost missing my train stop when I’m reading it on the way to work and getting it stuck in my head all day till that revealing moment I can continue again. Eoin did. Actually, he already got me with the prologue. You’re not into the story yet then, but his way of writing pulls you in.

Also an easy read for a non-English person although I did have to look up quit a few adjetives. Actually, I had to look up ‘adjetive’.

Kingdom Of Scars starts with a group of boys chasing another boy and that well known provocative question, “Would you like to kiss my bird?” to which every answer you give is the wrong one.

Sam. 15. Experiencing life. Searching. Wanting to belong to his local gang, trying to avoid the bullies from school. Learning all about loyalty, violence, experiencing dating girls and seks for the first time. Taunting teachers, people who care. Then add some drinking, drugs and petty crime to it and let yourself expercience the mind of a selfdiscovering maturing teenager who just wants to be liked and survive the day without getting bruised too much.

Not a lot of writers can describe something as they visualise it without going into detail too much, without making it boring. JK Rowling has been one of my favourite writers because of that. And now I can add one more to that list. Eoin has the ability of making you see what he sees. You’re there. You can smell the cigarettes, feel the tension when Sam’s in a stressful situation. Yes, it even takes you back to experiencing the thoughts, nerves and clumsiness when getting that first kiss, that first sexual encounter. I sometimes couldn’t wait to get through a chapter and then put the book down for a few moments just to go back to my own memories before moving on.

Attending an all boys school, Sam still has a lot to learn about girls. As a female, reading about seeing his ‘angel’ for the first time, the thoughts racing through his mind, the doubts and clumsiness, his body reactions, are a real delight. If only I knew all those years ago I might have been more at ease knowing they’re just as uncertain as we are. Maybe … ha!

The gum adventure, the reasoning with his hands to stop sweating, the phone call, the raging hormones and a few more situations really cracked me up. But this one was one of my favourites: “Antoinette floated back into his thoughts and after letting her drift around unmolested for a while he pushed her back into the atmosphere to taint someone else’s desires.”.

As for the gangs, a few lessons learned. Does being a part of one, protect you from the other? The need of getting accepted causes Sam to make wrong decisions, act like someone else, hide his true feelings. Is the craving to fit in worth all the shame, the humiliation? Sam slowly learns to stand up for himself. Too bad it has to be by fighting violence with violence.

Reading about some embarrassing moments, there’s also that little bit of humor when you suddenly read ‘The grannies peered forward at him as if wondering they needed new glasses after all.’. While feeling all that sympathy for Sam, there’s also that bit of humor. Eoin does that a few times during the storyline. Fun to read how boys apparently – almost – enjoy the smell of their own steal sweat and old farts and girls’ giggles sound like music while boys make an uncouth sound ending with a fart.

And if all those emotions aren’t enough, you also get that bit of tenderness when you read about the banter between Sam and Don and Sam and his parents. He lies, he feels angry and annoyed at them but then regrets it as soon as he turns around. I’m sure it’ll feel heartwarming when parents read ‘as long as he was inside (his home), nothing could happen to him.’.

So Sam’s growing pains slowly shape him into manhood, learning what’s important and what’s not. Experiencing people aren’t always who they seem to be. Don’t try and be someone else because others want you to be just to get accepted.

Kingdom of Scars could be the story of that boy next door all those years ago …

A few notes:

Thought the rope story in chapter 10 was a bit too long and was suprised to see some supernatural in it, knowing how Eoin feels about it. It left me hanging a bit in some parts though …

I’m sure his name made more people pick up the book. Hey, I did too and as said I wouldn’t choose this kind of genre, but I really enjoyed reading it.

Hoping to read a review by a man next to all the female ones in the near future.

PS: I hope he continues to post more poems on his blog, as he mentionned on there.

PPS: also like the picture of him on the cover. Eoin chose one that was taken by Tim McDonnell while they were both in Africa as ambassadors for Sightsavers, a charity fighting blindness in developing countries.

Sam and I travelling through Ireland …

‘Being Irish, I was apprehensive about playing a US army doctor’

by Deirdre Reynolds, Published 04/01/2015.

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“It’s weird,” jokes Eoin, who’s based in LA, “it seems totally fine to have a show on TV in England or America, but when it airs in Ireland, there’s a bit more trepidation about it. Suddenly your mates and your family are going to slag you a lot more! “When your show’s on American television, it’s like, ‘That’s awesome’; when it’s on RTÉ, people are like, ‘Now I can rip the piss out of you!'”

Having just been snapped up for a second season of the NBC show, filmed over 7,500 kilometres away in Albuquerque in New Mexico, the former Abercrombie and Fitch model is unlikely to mind too much. His turn as the talented-but-troubled doc has led to a role in Ridley Scott’s upcoming TV drama, Killing Jesus, alongside former Frasier star Kelsey Grammer.

“It’s like early ER meets MASH with a touch of Scrubs humour,” explains Eoin of the show that’s fast turning him into a household name. “It’s set in a Texas hospital and I play an ex-army medic who’s got Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. “Being Irish, I was kind of apprehensive about playing an American army doctor. Growing up, there’s nothing in our culture about being in the army; in America, that’s part of their culture. “But all the army vets have actually embraced the show and they really like it, which is important, so it’s been really interesting.”

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