Gabriel Byrne’s interview on The Michael Des Barres Show was perhaps not as shocking as advertized, but it certainly was passionate!
Mr. Byrne covered a host of topics, including the Irish contribution to American culture (reminder: next time put up the Irish flag as a stage backdrop!), changes in the film industry, the state of the Roman Catholic Church (reminder: must learn names of recent popes!), the importance of critical thinking, and his new film, Vampire Academy.
Oh, and he gave a “shout-out” to Byrneholics! More on this later.
Here is the video of the interview graciously provided at Mr. Des Barres’ website:
Mr. Byrne said some nice things about Byrneholics and me in this interview (starting at minute 47:20 in the video) and I appreciate that, of course. It is always nice to be recognized and I know Byrneholics everywhere got a kick out of hearing him talk about us as “lovely people.”
I do wish, however, that we had not been–perhaps inadvertently–included with Mr. Byrne’s legion of female fans who are always “slipping you numbers, slipping you underwear, and slipping…”
While we all might want to do those things, I try to keep the discourse at this website on a higher plane. I try to protect Mr. Byrne’s privacy. I try to treat him and his work with respect and consideration. I try not to objectify him or treat him as anything other than what I think he is: a talented, thoughtful, inspiring artist. Oh, occasionally I go off in a fangirl faint, I admit that, but I try to relegate my fainting and “thudding” to the Forum, which is private and an appropriate place for such activities.
So, here is MY shout-out back to Mr. Byrne:
You have fans. We care about you, watch your films and TV series, listen to your interviews, read your work, and occasionally obsess over your well-being. Read the comments on some of my postings here at the website and you will find a group of articulate, intelligent, compassionate PEOPLE. We think you are the greatest thing since sliced bread (I wonder if this phrase has a Gaelic origin?). Whether or not you value any of this is, of course, your prerogative. I hope you can someday learn to be comfortable with us. We don’t bite. Well, we do sometimes, but only in the Forum.
All the best to you in your future endeavors, Mr. Byrne.