Danial O’Donnell has already taken the music world by storm and now he looks set to conquer the silver screen as well.
The Donegal man is starring a zombie-fighter hero in the Halloween film, Night of the Daniels. Playing himself, the film follows Daniel, as a wax museum dedicated to him is opened, but was built on the site of an ancient Celtic burial ground. Causing plenty of para-normal mishaps.
The film marks his action movie debut, but the 60-year-old admitted that stunt doubles were used for some of the more intense scenes. Telling The Irish Mirror: “There were some [stunt doubles] involved, there were some things I had to call a halt to, but it is amazing how they can do it.”
However, Daniel did do some of the battling himself, including fighting off a zombie with a fire poker, which he didn’t any training for saying: “No, I’m handy with a poker.”
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The film was made by Shaun Doogan and Ciaran McCann, the same team behind his viral ‘Down At The Lah De Dah’ video.
Praising their hard work, Daniel said: “The guys are great, the fellas that put the video together, it is all them. And they just told me you have to be here and there and break down the door and come in and get the poker and hop over the sofa and pretend that you are doing all that business so I just did what they told me.”
The film also stars his wife Majella. Along with plenty others from his local community in the cast and crew.
As he explained: “Ah she enjoyed that. She loves the young fellas that have the company. See it was their idea, they came to me before Covid with this idea…and they put together the concept, and Karen Sharkey, another girl at home, she did the artwork, all the paintings of the sets, and it’s just amazing what they did.”
“All people living within three miles of me.”
“And it was their initiative to see if I would do something with them, I suppose to give them a bit of notoriety and I hope it does. And I hope this gives them even more.”
But, of course, Daniel didn’t completely abandon his music talents for the film.
He provided the music for the sound track, releasing a cover of Elvis Presley’s Burning Love, for Night of the Daniels.
Watch the full film here