Ciarán Hinds Movies: Why Hollywood Needs To Acknowledge This Living Legend

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Ciarán Hinds has been one of the most well-accomplished actors of Hollywood. But there are so many instances of Hollywood not paying its due to actors that truly deserve all kinds of praise. The movie and small screen industry would have been in the middle of nowhere if not for legends like Ciarán Hinds. If you think he does not deserve praise, then you probably need to read this list.


This is a Ciarán Hinds appreciation post through and through. We see you sir. And we respect you for all you have done for us.

All About Heritage – Ciarán Hinds Never Forgot His Irish Roots

Jane Eyre - 1997
Jane Eyre – 1997

In an interview where he was asked about his Irish heritage, Ciarán Hinds was all praises about his family lineage. Even after crossing 60 and becoming one of the most well-known character actors in the movie industry, it is good to know that Hinds never lost sight of his home. He talks about his Irish upbringing and how it felt like growing up during ‘The Troubles’. In the interview, he says that “[His] soul is still Irish.” Ciarán Hinds is also known for his role in Persuasion, one of the best adaptations of the Jane Austen novel of the same name.


He Is A Battle-Hardened Chap Who Knows What True Hardship Is Like

Ciarán Hinds - Belfast
Ciarán Hinds – Belfast

In an interview with Deadline as part of the promotions for Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, the actor opened up about how times up in ireland during those days were exceptionally dangerous. Actors of today’s day and age talk about their hardships but they don’t even come close to the stuff Ciarán Hinds went through as a teenager. He still remembers the curfews and the attacks during the Troubles like it was yesterday.

When asked if how Belfast’s script opened up old wounds, Hinds went on to say something very interesting:

Hollywood's Greatest Living Legend - Ciarán Hinds
Hollywood’s Greatest Living Legend – Ciarán Hinds

“There weren’t any painful memories, but it does of course shoot your mind back. But at that time, when he wrote this, setting it in August 1969, I was 16. And what they call the Troubles kicked off. At the beginning, it was very exciting, weirdly, for a 16-year-old. Belfast was a town that not only was closed on Sundays at that point. Even the parks were locked up. And not only were the parks locked up, the swings individually in the park were locked up, and the slides were barred.”

Ciarán Hinds Plays Both Heroes & Villains Equally Well

Zack Snyder's Justice League & Game of Thrones
Zack Snyder’s Justice League & Game of Thrones

This may be a bit of a biased opinion here. But most of us here would agree that Ciarán Hinds is just good with literally any role thrown his way. he chooses his roles very carefully. But he does have range. Be it Mephisto in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Steppenwolf in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, or the King Beyond the wall – Mance Rayder in Game of Thrones, there is no role that is too high for this guy to conquer.

A Super Versatile Actor
Hinds – A Super Versatile Actor

Ciarán Hinds is not just terrific in acting. His versatility in choosing a range of projects – from superhero movies to period pieces (Rome is an epic example), this guy has heard it all, seen it all, done it all.

His Achievements In The World Of Theatre Is Proof Enough

Ciarán Hinds - Evil Days
Ciarán Hinds – Evil Days

While movie stars generally stick to films and television because they pay more and they get that massive spotlight, only a select few return back to the world of theatre. Hollywood legends like ben Kingsley and Benedict Cumberbatch have a love for theatre acting. So does Ciarán Hinds. He started out his professional acting career in the Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre in a production of Cinderella back in the year 1976. Hinds did bag many roles in movies but he kept coming back to the theatre business because that’s where his true talent is in.

The Night Alive - Ciarán Hinds
The Night Alive – Ciarán Hinds

Hinds is yet to let go of his theatrical roots. In the summer of 2013, Ciarán Hinds was cast in a play based on The Night Alive. In 2015, he again came back to stage to play King Clausius in a production of Hamlet, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch. The same year, he came back as Deputy Governor Danforth in the Broadway production The Crucible.


He Has Such A Familiar Face Because He Was Cast In Almost Every Major Box Office Hit Of The Last Decade

Ciarán Hinds - Woman in Black
Ciarán Hinds – The Woman in Black

Ever watched Harry Potter? He was there as Aberforth Dumbledore. He played Sam Daily in The Woman In Black. Hinds voiced Grand Pabbie in Frozen. Hitman: Agent 47, Red Sparrow, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, The Debt, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Salvation Boulevard, , The Rite, Frozen II – the list goes on and on.

Ciarán Hinds is one of those gem of an actors whose face seems so familiar because he brings out the best in almost every project he stars in. We cannot even imagine these movies without hinds in all of them anymore.

Ciarán Hinds on Belfast, the troubles, Kenneth Branagh & Judi Dench at London Film Festival


Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

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