Barry Keoghan said he's he's 'haunted' by his first TV role

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Barry Keoghan has opened up about why he's still 'haunted' by his television debut. The Saltburn star appeared in the Irish crime drama Love/Hate in 2013, where he played a small role as a gangster named Wayne.

During one of his scenes - which was placed at the opening of an episode - his evil character had to shoot and kill a cat. Despite being over 10 years old, the sinister scene has gone down in history as one of the most controversial moments of the whole series. So much so that Barry says people still taunt him about the character.

The 31-year-old told The Mirror: "I'll never get away from that cat. I was in the MetLife stadium in New Jersey about two years ago. I think there was about 90,000 people there and someone pulled me and said 'You're the guy that shot the cat'. I just thought 'Ah here, I'm halfway across the world and someone said it.'"

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Then, when speaking on Ray the D'Arcy Show on RTE Radio One last year, Barry reeled off another incident that happened following the airing of the episode. Sharing that he was filming in England when it all "came out," he explained: "I kept being sent pictures of papers with me on the front of me. I thought 'What's going on here?'"

Meanwhile, TV star Vogue Williams weighed in on the infamous scene during a chat at the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards on 18 February. She gushed that even though she's "loved Barry since Love/Hate," his fans will "never let him live that down."

She added: "But he has gone above and beyond in proving himself as one of the best actors out there at the minute."

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