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Rebel who goes to war for a girl; A love story with no end of Troubles
By: Billy Sloan / Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date: Jan 7, 2001
JAMES D'ARCY was thrilled when he landed the starring role in the controversial historical drama, Rebel Heart.
But the young English actor suddenly realised that he was ill-prepared for the part.
For the series is set during the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916, and James knew little about the turbulent events which led to the division of Ireland.
James said: "When the script was sent round, I realised I'd have to undergo an intense period of research.
"I felt it was necessary to learn as much as I could about that period in Irish history.
"I read as many books about the events surrounding the Easter Rising as possible, going back through the centuries, to try to put things into perspective.
"So now at least I have a better understanding of why that part of Irish history still evokes such strong passions and emotions."
Rebel Heart is a love story which focuses on the coming of age of idealistic young Irishman Ernie Coyne, who is played by D'Arcy.
When he takes part in the rebel takeover of Dublin's main post office, he comes face to face with gun-toting Irish freedom fighter Ita Feeney, played by actress Paloma Baeza.
As their love develops, James has to prove himself to his comrades in arms and also to Ita.
The strong supporting cast includes Scots actor Bill Paterson as socialist leader James Connolly, who was executed for his role in the Easter Rising.
Although the love story is fiction, the historic backdrop is based on the violent events which led to Irish independence and civil war.
Last year, as filming began in Dublin on the pounds 6 million, four-part series, the production created controversy.
Influential political magazine the Spectator accused the drama's writer, Irish novelist Ronan Bennett, of bias.
Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble attacked Bennett in a letter to Sir Christopher Bland, chairman of the BBC, claiming his view of events was "hopelessly one-sided."
As stars of the drama, both James and Ita had to cut themselves off from the furore and concentrate on developing the tender love story.
James said: "There is an odd sense of responsibility attached to appearing in a drama about a real piece of history. A work of fiction is fun. But although this is a fictitious story, the history is real.
"You certainly don't want to rewrite history, but you do want to portray the events and characters as realistically as you can."
Writer Ronan Bennett said: "I show the tragic consequences of armed conflict. But I don't think Rebel Heart will make everyone go off and join the IRA."
The cast and crew of the massive BBC production faced enormous problems during filming.
The drama was shot in Dublin, using many well-known locations, including such famous landmarks as the Halfpenny Bridge and Fitzwilliam Square.
The atmospheric music on the sound-track is provided by Irish superstars The Corrs.
James said: "Shooting a period drama of this scale in a modern city is tricky.
"We were working on more than 150 different sets, with 3000 extras and 180 speaking roles.
"The crew faced the usual problems with traffic, people and noise.
"Luckily, Dublin wasn't developed like London was after the war. Its finest streets and squares have all been preserved.
"But we still used 200 tons of gravel to help disguise all the modern road markings in the city during the shoot.
"We even closed off O'Connell Street - Dublin's busiest thoroughfare - to film the scenes of the historic storming of the GPO building, which marked the start of the Easter Rising."
The events of 1916 are still the cause of much debate, but James is confident that viewers will still be captivated by the story of Ernie Coyne.
He said: "The politics are secondary to Ernie's relationship with Ita.
"It's more about what happens in his heart - and I found the story to be incredibly romantic.
"But it's also incredibly romantic that people should fight and be prepared to die for a cause they believe in.
"I love that idea, and know people still do it.
"But I find it hard to believe that I ever would."
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