Robert met with Eoghan Doherty, from Joe.ie, to talk about “The Road Within” after its premiere last week. Watch it below:
RTÉ TEN’s Sinead Brennan sat down with Robert Sheehan for a chat about life in Los Angeles and to find out more about his new film The Road Within following its premiere at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.
Robert was back in Ireland for the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival this week, and the website Entertainment.ie managed to get a quick chat in with him.
Playing a Tourette’s sufferer who leaves his treatment facility to scatter his mother’s ashes near the ocean, Sheehan is joined on his journey by OCD patient, Dev Patel, and the anorexic Zoe Kravitz. Not exactly what you’d call your standard role, so there’s no better place to begin.
What drew you to the film, seeing as it’s not a particularly easy role to pull off?
Firstly, the script was just very, very good, and of course the character was so appealing. It’s interesting to find a protagonist who is really an outsider, looking in, yet still not the strong silent type.
With such a tough subject matter, how did you prepare for the role?
I had a good amount of time to prepare, and in that time I got to hang out with people who have Tourette’s. I had a key guy in LA, Jackson, and a key girl in London, Ruth. The first time I met Ruth was at a Tourette’s support group. I arrived a little late, she went ‘You must be Rob, are you here for the meeting?’ so I said nice to meet you, and she goes ‘fuck you, to be sure’ as she threw her middle fingers up at me. So I was learning things from the word go.
In a recent interview Robert talks about his experience in the Californian desert with his girlfriend Sofia Boutella on Valentine’s weekend.
Robert Sheehan has revealed he was on his knees crying for an hour and a half in the Californian desert after taking magic mushrooms. The 27-year-old said: “I kept the whole thing a surprise and we went and set up our tent and it was incredibly beautiful. Then I said ‘Alright baby phase two of the surprise’ and took out a handful of magic mushrooms. We just wandered out into the wilderness on magic mushrooms. It was a f**king profound experience. It was glorious. Truly fantastic.”
The Laois native told Hot Press magazine of the effects he felt after taking the magic mushrooms. He said: “It goes through several phrases. First it’s all ‘Ohh I feel a bit dizzy, and look at how all the Joshua Trees are beginning to vibrate’. Then you start hallucinating – and because it’s in the wilderness, it’s so glorious. I think it’s the only way to take mushrooms. Do not take mushrooms in an urban environment, or with anybody you don’t know or with people who aren’t on mushrooms. You have to be with people you know who are on mushrooms in the desert. I was on my knees crying for an hour and a half. It just completely distorts your perception of reality and how you see the world. We came out of it just feeling really well…with a newfound joy. I came out thinking, ‘We’re all innocent and we should all love each other because we all just want to get along’ – but in a really profound way.”
Source: Irish Mirror