‘Grinch Star’ at Cork’s Imperial

Cork’s Imperial Hotel enjoyed a visit from Californian actor and clown Bill Irwin, who has starred in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Rachel Getting Married, Interstellar and Lady in the Water as well as hit TV series such as Star Trek Discovery, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, This Is Us and children’s favourite Sesame Street

Irwin couldn’t have timed his visit to Cork any better as when he stepped into the lobby of the Imperial Hotel, he was "wonderstruck" by the seasonally themed display which he immediately recognised as being inspired by his very own film, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

The Grinch connection was not something he was aware of before arranging his visit to Cork’s Imperial. The hotel has embraced a full-on Grinch and Whoville theme for the festive season, with whimsical, theatrical, and luxurious décor featuring flourishes of Grinch green and candy canes to bring some extra festive magic to their guest experience in the lead up to Christmas.

The actor took time out to sit down for a video interview about his role in the Academy Award-winning movie released in 2000, starring Jim Carrey and directed by Ron Howard. Bill played the role of the Grinch’s neighbour Lou Lou Who, Cindy Lou’s Dad, and recalled how they would sit for as long as three hours each day in hair and makeup followed by 12 hours of filming.  He remarked that filming commenced in June, so that by the time Christmas came around they felt it had been an extra-long season.  

The full video of the Imperial's conversation with Bill about his memories of making The Grinch Who Stole Christmas can be seen on the hotel’s social media.