Clive Owen voices Troubles fears

Published Saturday, 18 August 2012
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British actor Clive Owen grew up fearing he'd fall victim to a terrorist attack after seeing horrific news reports of conflict in Northern Ireland.

Clive Owen voices Troubles fears

The Sin City star, who grew up in Coventry, England, became terrified he would be embroiled in an attack by the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

Owen, whose new espionage thriller Shadow Dancer is set in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the height of the Troubles, once lived in the city when he was starring in a local play.

He tells the Independent newspaper: "I grew up with it being part of our lives and every night hearing some report on the news about the Troubles. (It was) rough... It was a war zone.

"I remember going out in the evenings and it was disconcerting what was happening on the streets. They'd do these drills where the vans pull up and the soldiers all jump out and hit their positions and the first time I saw that, I seriously thought: 'I'm in the middle of a situation.'"

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Iain in Belfast wrote (793 days ago):
Oh ryan please stop your crying. You always harp on and on and on about the dark past. You also keep forgetting what damage the ira did to the country and community but just focus on loyalists/british state/protestants. Change the record mate, the one that sounds like propaganda.
Gareth in dungannon wrote (794 days ago):
To Ryan Are you happy now that you have got your little bit of propoganda in? Tell me this, what was the shoot to kill policy of the republican movement? And why did they deprive children of their fathers, mothers of their children and why did they fund their campaign of murder and child abuse through drug dealing and armed robberies? That's right, republican justice during the troubles was to shoot the knees off 15 year old kids....child abuse!
Ryan in Belfast wrote (794 days ago):
Clive Owen was afraid of the IRA while living in england? Clive shouldve experienced being a Catholic during the troubles in Northern Ireland, living amongst the RUC and the Loyalist death squads and also a very anti-catholic, anti-irish hostile state then he'd know what fear is.
jim in s'land wrote (794 days ago):
Am I missing something here? Does it not say that he grew up in Coventry?
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