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Traumatising opening scene of 'greatest Irish TV show' is first time Barry Keoghan scared the s**t out of people

Traumatising opening scene of 'greatest Irish TV show' is first time Barry Keoghan scared the s**t out of people

Saltburn star Barry Keoghan's breakthrough moment came from an Irish TV series.

The traumatising opening scene of the 'greatest Irish TV show' is the first time Barry Keoghan scared the s**t out of people.

The 31-year-old is a big deal these days after earning an Oscar nominee for his role in Saltburn.

One of the most talked about films in recent times centres around Oxford University student Oliver Quick (Keoghan), who is invited to spend the summer with his super-rich classmate Felix Catton (Jacob Elordi) at his family's estate.

One of the weirdest and most viral moments from Saltburn was THAT bathtub scene.
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Keoghan's character has a number of scary scenes, from when he strips and dances through the stately home to Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s 'Murder on the Dancefloor', to THAT grave scene, which sees Oliver crying on Felix's grave before suddenly stripping down to defile it.

And let's not get started on the bathtub scene.

Anyhow, it seems that Saltburn isn't the first time he's scared us s**tless.

In his breakout role over a decade ago, Keoghan once played a baby-faced teenage gangster in Irish TV series Love/Hate.

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The show, which aired between 2010 and 2014, follows the organised crime scene of Dublin.

At the centre of the series is Darren Treacy, who is returning to Dublin after hiding in Spain in a bid to avoid the Garda.

Darren has only just returned to Ireland when he learns that his ex-girlfriend Rosie has moved on, and his brother Robbie has been shot by a rival gang.

The drive-by shooting sparks a war within the community, with Darren and his gang consumed by vengeance.

Robert Sheehan plays Darren, meanwhile Avengers actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor stars as Nidge and Saltburn's Keoghan plays Wayne.

However, one of the most controversial moments in Love/Hate was the opening scene when Keoghan’s Wayne was seen brutally shooting a cat dead in cold blood, then laughing about it afterwards.

Barry Keoghan in Love/Hate.

Years later, Keoghan admitted: "I’ll never get away from that cat.

"I was in the MetLife stadium in New Jersey about two years ago. I think there was about 90,000 people there and someone pulled me and said, 'You’re the guy that shot the cat'.

"I just thought, 'Ah here, I’m halfway across the world and someone said it'."

Keoghan insisted he is 'not like that in real life', which is always good to hear.

A while on, the cat appeared on the Late Late Show so people knew it was still alive.

Described by O'Reilly as the 'greatest ever Irish television show', some viewers are only just discovering the series after catching it on ITVX.

Featured Image Credit: RTE

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity