Love/Hate star Laurence Kinlan opens up about the show coming back

The actor plays Elmo on the hit RTE show

Laurence has spoken words we didn't want to hear...
Laurence has spoken words we didn’t want to hear…

When we picked up a copy of our sister mag TVnow this week and saw that Love/Hate star Laurence Kinlan was chatting about the show coming back to our screens, we held our breath. But it turns out that ‘Elmo’ is adamant that our favourite RTE programme about Dublin gangsters should never return – nooo!

Laurence isn’t the cast member who doesn’t think there should be a Season Six of the popular series – at the VIP Style Awards this year Aoibhinn McGinnity, who plays crime lord Nidge’s wife Trish, said she wasn’t sure it would make sense to return.

“I don’t know if I’d like it to, to be honest,” she told STELLAR Magazine. “If it was to come back, it’d need to be done very, very well. If it doesn’t, it’ll be for the right reasons. And y’know, if it does come back, it’ll be for the right reasons too – I’ve no doubt that it will be done very well.”

The, um, lovely Elmo
The, um, lovely Elmo

But in this week’s TVnow, Laurence was a little more blunt. “(Nidge) is definitely dead, he’ll never be back, and I don’t think the show will ever be back,” he said.

“But listen, it was great while it lasted. I hope they don’t bring it back because it ended on such a high and it would be nice to keep it that way. I think if they went back at it, and it wasn’t that good, it would be horrible to loopback and go it was great and then they tried to do a sixth one and it didn’t work out.”

He added: “You would want it to come back for selfish reasons, but artistically, the right reason is for it not to come back.”

The actor in his new play 'The Night Alive'
The actor in his new play ‘The Night Alive’

The dad-of-two also opened up about his celebrity status in recent times, and how he counts musicians Gavin James and Ed Sheeran as mates.

Admitting that Irish singer Gavin is a friend of his, Laurence revealed that they met through global popstar Ed – a proven fan of Love/Hate.

You can check Laurence out at the moment in ‘The Night Alive’ – a play by Conor McPherson which he describes as “funny but heartbreaking”. Visit www.dublintheatrefestival.com.

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