Moviegoers will be seeing double this weekend when Irish actor Ciarán Hinds appears in two new movies. The 58-year-old star (whose first name is pronounced KEER-run) proves his versatility by popping up in wildly different supporting roles in both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Salvation Boulevard, a dark indie comedy co-starring fellow Irishman Pierce Brosnan.
In Harry Potter, Hinds fans likely will be doing a double take to make sure it’s him behind the long gray locks and beard when he shows up as Aberforth Dumbledore, the brother of the late, great Hogwarts head wizard. In Salvation, Hinds is easier to spot, though he sports a crew cut and an American accent for his role as a small-town Christian fundamentalist.
Both are supporting roles and, while it’s better to see some Hinds than no Hinds at all, it’s still a disappointment for those who – count me in – found him to be such a compelling leading man in the 1995 BBC film version of Jane Austen‘s Persuasion and the 1997 TV version of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre (he was Mr. Rochester to Samantha Morton’s titular governess).
His last name may be Hinds, but this man belongs in the fore.
What’s your favorite Ciarán Hinds movie or TV project?
Ciarán Hinds in the 1997 Jane Eyre: