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You can't shut a good actor up

On St. Patrick's Day I fell to thinking of Shay Duffin, who became a bit of a pal back in the 1970s when he came to Chicago with his one-man show, presenting an evening with Bendan Behan.

I found this online: A masterful example of an actor taking a routine red carpet interview and trying to run it all he way back for a touchdown. Look at the way he takes command of this interview, with a young woman who clearly hasn't a clue how to deal with him. She forgets his name, she forgets he's from Dublin, she cuts away, and still he's singing.

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On St. Patrick's Day I fell to thinking of Shay Duffin, who became a bit ofa pal back in the19870s when he came rto Chcgowith his one-man show, presenting an evening with evening with Bendan Behan.

I found this online: A masterful example of an actor taking a routine red carpet interview and trying o run it all he way back foer a touchdown.

Look at the way he takes command of this interview, with a young woman who clearly hasn't a clue how to deal with him. She forgets his name, she forgets he's from Dublin, she cuts away, and still he's singing.

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