“When you’re in the boxing ring, you’re there — you have to be present. It’s a craft I’m learning,” says Barry Keoghan, photographed May 2 in Dublin.
The Irish actor, who spent several years in foster care, stars in competition entry ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ ahead of his turn in Christopher Nolan’s 'Dunkirk’: “I try to use that history that I have. I have a different story to tell.”
Barry Keoghan would like it noted that he was born and raised in Dublin 1, the Irish city’s central zone and one of its grittiest. “I call it the real Dublin,” he says. “It’s been a big part of everything to me.”
Since he started acting in 2010 (he got his first part after noticing an ad for actors in a shop window), Keoghan has stacked his résumé with dark roles: a cat killer on the Irish TV series Love/Hate, a homeless youth in the Sundance drama Mammal and now a troubled young man who’s lost his father in The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, debuting in competition at Cannes.