IN THE 1990s Daragh O’Malley spent weeks in Ireland filming with a stellar cast.
“It was a big role for me,” he said.
“The film was called Divine Rapture and I was playing Debra Winger’s husband. Marlon Brando was in it, so were Johnny Depp and John Hurt.
“I spent a month in Ballycotton in Cork and then the film collapsed.”
The jury is still out as to just who was responsible for the collapse of the financing but some things emerged intact, including the friendship between Daragh and Brando.
“We became friends,’’ said Daragh. “He was an extraordinary man, very complex. He had huge talent but no regard for himself.
“He spent his days in the turret of his house on Mulholland Drive on a CB radio.
“He used to say there’s not a lot to do in Los Angeles. He’d go up to the turret with French bread, mayonnaise and his radio and talk and eat.
“I used to ask him what he was doing and he’d say: ‘I talk to people on the radio. People with problems. Not people in the movie business.’”
“I talked to Marlon’s assistant Caroline about it and she said ‘Oh Marlon can be a terrible liar. But no, not about the CB radio.’”
So there was one of film-makings biggest stars, sitting alone in his mansion in the Hollywood hills, talking to complete strangers on a CB radio.
Strange world, movies.