St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday, and you know what that means!
Hangovers on Monday.
Yeah, it’s true, we Americans tend to use St. Patty’s as an excuse to drink Guinness and Bailey’s, or really, any alcohol you can drop some green flavoring into. As holidays go, it’s not exactly the most legit in terms of the way we celebrate, but hey — if showing pride for our Irish brethren means we have to go out and knock back a few too many, who are we to shun tradition?
Of course, many Irish stars don’t need us to do the celebrating for them, since they have plenty of luck on their side as it is. From a slew of Oscars to plain ol' riches, here are the 10 luckiest Irish stars!
(And no, the guy from the Lucky Charms cereal box doesn't count.)
1. Michael Fassbender
He may have been unfairly shunned by the Academy Awards last year for his naughty NC-17 romp Shame, but Michael still has plenty of luck on his side. Besides being (obviously) physically blessed, he's delivered acclaimed performances both in genre movies (Prometheus and X-Men: First Class) and smaller character pieces. He's got a ton of both on the horizon, so we think awards season may very well come calling in the next year or two.
2. Colin Farrell
He's been a solid leading man for about a decade now, though he tends to his best work in smaller-budget projects. Either way, he's shown no signs of slowing down or losing the good looks that keep him regularly mentioned as one of the sexiest leading men out there.
3. Daniel Day-Lewis
Is three Oscars lucky enough for you? Daniel has won Best Actor more times than any other thespian in history, and though he works fairly infrequently, clearly he has good taste in roles. We wouldn't be surprised if there was another Oscar or two (or seven) in him before he retires for good.
4. Saoirse Ronan
She's the next Kristen Stewart... only better! After delivering a knockout performance as the teen assassin in Hanna, Saoirse has been tapped to star in the next franchise from Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. But no one can accuse Saoirse of merely getting lucky — the girl has major talent to back it up. She already has an Oscar nod for Atonement under her belt.
5. Pierce Brosnan
Sean Connery was Scottish, and yet another iconic James Bond wasn't a Brit — he was actually born in Ireland, though he spent much of his childhood in England. Though he's passed the 007 torch onto Daniel Craig (a true Brit!), Pierce is still going strong in plenty of other films.
6. Chris O'Dowd
A relatively new face in the movie scene, Chris is most notable for playing the charming cop who romanced Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids. Since then he's popped up in Friends With Kids and This Is 40, as well as playing Jessa's short-lived husband on Girls — and likely, his fresh comedic presence will be around in a number of projects in the future.
Oh, you know, just the frontman of one of the most massively successful bands of all time. Not a big deal or anything. U2 shows still gross ridiculous amounts of money during world tours, and Bono shares his good fortune in a number of humanitarian projects around the globe.
8. Cillian Murphy
He's starred in two Christopher Nolan blockbusters (Batman Begins and Inception) along with other notable films like Red Eye and Sunshine. He's good when he's a good guy, but really good when he's a creep... and Hollywood never has a shortage of villain roles, so he should be in business for a good long while.
9. Sinead O'Connor
She may not have had a huge stroke of luck lately, but she is a Grammy winner and the artist behind iconic songs like "Nothing Compares 2 U," so let's give her a fair shake. She's one of few female Irish artists to make a name for herself in the United States.
10. Liam Neeson
Mess with his daughter, and he'll mess you up. Once known for more dramatic roles, in recent years Liam has emerged as more of an action-thriller hero in movies like Taken and The Grey. He's one of Hollywood's least likely bankable movie stars at the moment.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Photos Courtesy of Fameflynet