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Strange bedfellows make for very challenging acting roles

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Published 03/07/2015

The friendship between Ian Paisley, the firebrand Protestant preacher, and Martin McGuinness, the former IRA commander turned politician, was one that astonished many people. How could such polar opposites strike up a relationship which had them dubbed the Chuckle Brothers?

A film due to be made later this year will attempt to explore the mindsets of the two men and how they came to be friends as they headed the power-sharing administration at Stormont. Timothy Spall is favourite to play Paisley, but even this excellent actor will find it difficult to convey how this strangest friendship in Irish politics came about.

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