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The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
November 25, 2002

Star makes up for lost time in Hollywood.

BELFAST film star Ciaran Hinds is suddenly one of the most sought- after actors in Hollywood. But the 49-year-old Ulsterman is the first to admit that he can hardly be called an overnight sensation.

Indeed, he has been around stages and small budget movies for over two decades.

He was once so down on his luck that a tramp in London gave him 50p.

Yesterday, he was in negotiations to star alongside Brad Pitt, and he is also to appear with Angelina Jolie in the Tomb Raider sequel.

Larry Dalzell, Hind's London-based agent, said: "I think Road to Perdition, with Paul Newman, has had a lot to do with the current interest in him.

"There was a period of time when he was totally tied up in the theatre. Film companies were checking his availability and he wasn't free, and as a result he didn't make films for quite a long period of time. Then it suddenly happened.''

Yesterday, Hinds was in talks to star in an epic called Troy, which will depict the Trojan war. The Belfast actor is in discussions for one of two roles in the film - that of Agamemnon, the Mycenaen king and main villain of the film, or Odysseus, the Greek leader.

Hinds will also star in a movie about murdered Dublin investigative journalist Veronica Guerin.