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Meeting Eoin Macken in Monte Carlo – The Night Shift

 

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It’s daytime, not night when I meet Eoin Macken for a round table at the Festival of Televison in Monte-Carlo. The actor plays doctor TC Callahan in The Night Shift. A series that focuses on the graveyard shift in a hospital and some physicians, including TC, experienced a war.

You did a lot of research for the part and met a soldier that served in Irak?
He has become one of my best friends. He served in Irak and Afghanistan. Being Irish, we don’t have the same affiliation with army. The army is really important in the American culture, it was essential to understand that it is important for the people there. He made me realize that everything is relative. I was a little worried about the trauma part of my character. I had never been to Irak or Afghanistan but It made me understand how the trauma is associated with what is happening. We discussed his return to society and how he handles his trauma with others. Finding his place in society was something I found intriguing in his character.

All networks want their medical series, how do you explain the success of The Night Shift compared to other series in the genre that have failed?
If I knew that, I’d be really rich because I would do that kind of series. Our show is different, it’s the same as the traditional medical series because we have a medical part, a military and also a comedy part that I appreciate. It gives a bit of lightness which is important. And I think that’s why the series works, they tried to do something different. When you watch TV or a movie, you want it to be a little different. The series manages a the balance of the three parts and that’s why it works. Traditional medical series have drama with a lots of emotions, The Night Shift adds a little humor to this.

Eriq La Salle, known for his character Peter Benton in ER, directed episodes of The Night Shift, how did that go and have you benefited from his experience in the medical series?
The first time I met Eriq, he annoyed me because he arrived and he started telling us what we should do. I didn’t know who he was because I never watched ER. He’s quite specific on what he wants. He really defined what our show was. It wasn’t easy at first because he’s very intelligent and he knows exactly what he wants. He has good ideas, but its Eriq’s style or nothing. And that’s why he’s so very good because he understands how it works.

You’re also a director. Would you like to direct an episode?
I’m trying to. I want to achieve making an episode because so far I did independent films and documentaries and it’s always been with people with whom I had previously worked with. I really appreciate everyone in the show and so creating an episode would be easy and fun because we all have a good relationship and they are all really talented. And we all understand each other. I’d like to direct the others and in particular tell JR what to do. That would be super awesome!

What is Michelle Obama like in real life?
She’s truly extraordinary. I rarely met anyone who has so much presence. She’s beautiful and charismatic. I totally fell in love with her.

What do you know about season 3? 
I don’t know anything. We’re shooting 13 episodes this year, one less than last year. I don’t know why there were 14 episodes in season 2, it’s bizarre. I don’t like making 22 episodes in one season. It’s too long for a series. I think you can put a lot in 13 episodes, 22 episodes are exhausting. My character is a handful, he’s very nervous.

And finally some life advice from Eoin:

“My thing is if you get drunk with somebody, everything is okay!”


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Don’t tell Eoin Macken he’s the new doctor McDreamy – The Night Shift


The Irish actor Eoin Macken, 32 years old, plays Dr. T.C. Callahan. We met the actor at the Festival of Television of Monte-Carlo, in June. Eoin Macken talks about his character and this new medical series, which also relates to the military. Be aware, do not tell him he’s the new doctor McDreamy (Grey’s Anatomy) .. on the other hand, any resemblance with Vincent Cassel is not fortuitous.

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Eoin Macken hopes season three of The Night Shift has more war games


“With an ensemble cast, here’s yet another medical drama for the viewers. The creative brainchild of Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, The Night Shift will have dramatic emotions and fast-paced action. Eoin Macken will be seen playing the lead role, with the show being set in a military hospital. But the actor, who was last seen in the fantasy-adventure series Merlin, admits that playing the role wasn’t easy. More from him: …

How would you sum up the character of TC Callahan?
Callahan is a bit of a rogue. He’s a military doctor who served in Afghanistan and he’s a little bit of a renegade. He’s a very intelligent man, but he’s also very volatile and he does what he thinks is best.

What’s the common ground between you and him?
I think where I associate or empathise with Callahan is how he believes he’s right and he doesn’t like authority. He likes to do things his own way.”

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On set pictures of Eoin Macken at Resident Evil, the final chapter


“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the sixth instalment in the horror/action series adapted from Capcom’s iconic and much-beloved survivor-horror game series.

Also on set filming scenes in the burnt-out and hellish looking set were Eoin Macken, Fraser James, William Levy and Japanese model Rola. 

With the survivors of the nefarious Umbrella company’s man-made doomsday – induced by a virus that turns people into mindless, flesh-hungry zombies – gathering in the wrecked facility, it appeared that tensions were running high as a tense stand-off at gun-point had to be defused.”

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More pictures in our gallery: arriving in Cape Town, on set.

 

Eoin Macken joins the cast of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter!


Today Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems announced that the sixth installment of the sci-fi, action horror film series, “Resident Evil,” has commenced principal photography in South Africa.
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Titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, this will be the final installment in the successful film franchise adaptation of Capcom’s hugely popular video game series, having grossed over $1 billion worldwide to date.

Constantin Film will produce Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Director Paul W.S. Anderson, who wrote the screenplay, will shoot the film on location in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Milla Jovovich will reprise her starring role as Alice. The Resident Evil: The Final Chapter cast also includes Ali Larter (“Heroes,” Resident Evil: Afterlife) as Claire Redfield, Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones,” Resident Evil: Extinction) in the role of Dr. Alexander Isaacs, Shawn Roberts (Edge of Darkness, Resident Evil: Afterlife) as Albert Wesker, Australian actress Ruby Rose (“Orange Is the New Black”) as Abigail, Eoin Macken (“The Night Shift”) as Doc, Cuban American actor William Levy as Christian, Fraser James (“Law & Order: UK”) as Michael, and Japanese model and TV personality, Rola, as Cobalt.

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Interview with Eoin Macken – The Night Shift on VOX


Eoin Macken had a chat with VOX (Germany). The Night Shift started airing there on September 14th.

These are the questions asked:

How would you describe The Night Shift to someone who hasn’t seen it yet?
What’s The Night Shift about exactly?
Why does The Night Shift look so real?
Its always about life and death, can you think of a higher stake?
How would you describe your character?
Do you have a favourite moment in the show?
What do you think about the script?
Why are there so many special moments in the show?
Are there surprises in the scenario’s?

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Night Shift – Interview with Eoin Macken (as Dr. TC Callahan)


Thank you to my lovely friend Anna for translating. You’re awesome, as always!

Original German article.

 

Meet Dr. TC Callahan (Eoin Macken)
Meet Dr. TC Callahan (Eoin Macken)


What is the Night Shift about?

The Night Shift is a very turbulent medical drama. A lot is happening there, I have never seen something like this before on TV. It’s really like this – I neither knew before – that a night shift in a hospital is different from the day. At night all the crazy people come to the hospital (laughs)! The show is a great mix of dramatic and emotional situations. There are many thrilling moments for the patients as well as in the private lives of the hospital’s staff. The special thing about The Night Shift however is the involvement of the different experiences in the army, because many doctors on the show come from the army. So it’s really exciting as there is always something happening. But there are also many funny moments on the show!

How would you describe your part in The Night Shift?
I play Dr. TC Callahan, a former army-doctor, who was in Afghanistan with some other doctors. TC experienced many difficulties on the front line. Physicians have sometimes more difficult jobs than the soldiers since the doctors are often in the enemy’s focus. When they eliminate the doctors, it’s a big advantage for them in the end. TC very often thinks back to his time in Afghanistan and he works in the night shift for a reason – he is an adrenaline(-)junkie. But that’s also why it’s so difficult for him to keep up relationships and friendships sometimes and to live a normal life. He is an impulsive guy, easily to provoke, at the same time he is a great doctor as well. He just doesn’t like it when you tell him what to do.

Does TC’s stubbornness result from his experiences as an army doctor?
His character was definitely influenced a lot from his time in Afghanistan. He went his own way and always felt responsible for his patients. That’s the same way he deals with the things in the hospital. He doesn’t wait for instructions, he just acts at once. But that causes problems for him every now and then because there are strict rules in medicine. The treatment of patients has a lot to do with laws nowadays. So he can’t always go his own way and do whatever he wants, even though his intentions are good.

What happens during the night shift?
There are incredibly many different cases, but almost all of them are extraordinary: People with bullet wounds, different drug-problems, victims of violence, car accidents, extreme operations… And in one episode there even was a child that had a weird psychotic illness, that reminded me a bit of Steven King’s Carrie. All these people are rescued – and that in the middle of the night! It’s always crazy and never normal.

Are you advised by real doctors and real nurses?
We have two consultants on the set, Susie and Zac. They explain everything about medicine to us that we have to know. I tried to work through medical books myself, but after some time I noticed that it’s extremely stressful… It’s way easier to ask Susie (laughs). And thus she tells me what to do.