‘It’s been an absolute privilege’ — How Hollywood great Paul Newman inspired Brendan O’Carroll to not fear death - Mrs Brown's Boys

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

‘It’s been an absolute privilege’ — How Hollywood great Paul Newman inspired Brendan O’Carroll to not fear death




Would you believe veteran Hollywood actor Paul Newman, he of the piercing blue eyes, has a joining line with our own Brendan O’Carroll?

It’s true. The Mrs Brown’s Boys star recently revealed how he was inspired by the Cool Hand Luke star’s attitude in the last days of his life, and why he’s not afraid of dying.

‘I always remember reading a Paul Newman’s final days and he was sitting on a pier and his daughter came down and held his hand and he’d only days to live at that stage,’ O’Carroll said.



‘And she said to him, “Dad are you scared?” And he looked at her and he said: “It’s been a privilege”. And that’s what I would have to say. I’m not scared. It’s been an absolute privilege,’ he told Ray D’Arcy on RTE Radio One.

‘Honest to God if somebody came down and told me: “Listen it’s your time”, I couldn’t really complain, I’ve had a fantastic life,’ the comedian added.



Brendan O’Carroll told Ray D’Arcy how veteran Hollywood star Paul Newman’s final days have inspired his attitude toward death. Pics: Getty Images



‘And she said to him, “Dad are you scared?” And he looked at her and he said: “It’s been a privilege”. And that’s what I would have to say. I’m not scared. It’s been an absolute privilege,’ he told Ray D’Arcy on RTE Radio One.

‘Honest to God if somebody came down and told me: “Listen it’s your time”, I couldn’t really complain, I’ve had a fantastic life,’ the comedian added.


The Mrs Brown’s Boys creator and star also revealed how a trip to the Late Late Show in 2018 saved his life. Pic: RTE



O’Carroll recently had a brush with the Grim Reaper, explaining how a medical specialist, who witnessed his breathlessness on the Late Late Show in 2018 saved his life, and led to a blockage being removed from around his heart by surgeons at Dublin’s Beacon Hospital.

The actor dubbed it ‘a health scare I didn’t know I had’.


O’Carroll spoke with fondness about late broadcaster Gay Byrne, and how he told the comedy actor to make sure he took care of himself. Pic: RTE



The star also spoke fondly during the interview the late Gay Byrne, telling D’Arcy about how Byrne said: ‘You’re surrounded by some wonderful people who all love you and take care of you but just remember this: they only make money when you work.


‘So don’t be waiting for them to say to you take a week off, they won’t. You have to be the one that says “I’m taking a month off” and you just take care of yourself.’

As for O’Carroll’s attitude to life and what lies beyond? ‘One show at a time,’ he said. ‘We all go some time, you know what I mean?’




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