Cartoon – Spall and Meaney play “Chuckle Brothers”


Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney cartoon

Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney have been confirmed to play Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness in the movie ‘The Journey’. The news takes us back to 2007 and that momentous event we remember fondly as the “Chuckle Brothers” moment.

Contrasting that hope with the toxic partisanship of today it’s probably better to do as they did and laugh it off rather than to cry.

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  • The Merovingian

    Quite. In eight years, we’ve gone from the ‘Chuckle Brothers’ to ‘Beavis and Butt-head’ (with apologies to Mike Judge).

  • Ulick

    Who’ll be first out of the blocks to express disapproval that such an evil murderous individual like McGuinness is being rehabilitated with a soft focus Hollywood treatment (opposed to the Fealty’s narrow focus Holywood treatment)?

    Ruth Dudley Edwards will be the racing favourite, veteran Stickie propagandist Eoghan Harris a close second but newly ordained Stickie Senator Mairia Cahill a good outside bet.

  • James7e

    I daresay a lot, a lot, of people would welcome a fair portrayal of Martin and his lifelong struggle for personal power and wealth, whatever it took to get there.

  • Ulick
  • Granni Trixie

    You are entitled not to like what Harris and RDE write but I think it is unfair to write about Mairia Cahill as if she is a ‘mere’ journalist. No, she came to public consciousness when she put her head above the parapet to tell the story of her rape, ‘trial’ and attempt to coverup.

  • Ulick

    She’ll a fully paid-up, card-carrying prominent member of the Irish Labour Party (formerly Democratic Left/The Workers Party) and a founder member and Chairperson of Republican Network for Unity, the “political wing” of the dissident ‘Óglaigh na hÉireann’. Quite a political CV and one that suggests she’s as able as any other propagandist-cum-politician to take brickbats from mere Shinnerbots.

  • Granni Trixie

    All the DUP Ducks lining up in a row just in time for the next election.
    The movie will remind dupers of a bit of their history they’d rather be forgotten.
    Timing when it is launched on the public is crucial of course.

    And aside from current allegations, internal disputes etc now there is an own goal of not passing themselves with a few words about a world renowned playwrite.

    You know,I’m starting to feel sorry for their supporters!

  • Mary Anna Quigley

    Did more harm than good. Why give them air time. Soul destroying egos bullied put the fear of god into weak vulnerable. Wreck NI civil rights. All about themselves power greed egos. Did these ruthless monsters care about lost lives- in my opinion NO.

    Why make a film about those who brought so much hate to the table.
    Nothing to laugh about, but laugh at them gangsters!

  • whatif1984true

    Anyone know how much NI Screen are giving as grant towards the cost of the film?

  • babyface finlayson

    At 5ft 8 is Timothy Spall, fine actor though he is, not a bit small to portray the physical presence of the 6ft 3 Paisley?
    I know, the magic of cinema, King Kong was only 3ft tall, etc but still….
    I thought Neeson was supposed to be doing it.

  • Mike the First

    The Irish Labour Party isn’t “formerly Democratic Left/The Workers Party”.
    Sounds like you just wanted to call her a “Stickie Senator”. A bit “propagandist”, no?

  • peepoday

    Sometimes nervous laughter masks how we are really feeling?