Cork video game star RED-dy will meet fans at Comic Con

A HOLLYHILL native, who plays one of the most popular and highest rated video games in the world, will get the chance to come face to face with some of his most diehard fans when he returns home to Dublin Comic-Con 2022.

Michael Mellamphy rose to fame after landing the role of infamous and lovable thug Sean Maguire in Red Dead Redemption 2. His character is described as an “arrogant young Irishman from a long line of criminals and political dissidents”.

The game is presented in both first and third person. It offers players the ability to roam freely in an interactive open world with gameplay elements including shootouts, heists, hunting, horseback riding, interacting with non-player characters, and maintaining the rating. character honor through moral choices and actions. A bonus system similar to the “wanted” system of the Grand Theft Auto the franchise incurs the wrath of law enforcement and bounty hunters in response to the player’s crimes.

Mellamphy, who is also creative director of the Origin theater company in New York, has been inundated with letters and gifts from video game fans that he says have been very uplifting. He is currently part of the online platform’s cameo which sees celebrities create messages for fans in return for a fee. The actor said he was very much looking forward to returning to Ireland for Dublin Comic Con 2022 which takes place on August 6-7.

“The one thing that really got me through Covid was the fans,” Michael said.

“They were so creative and would send me Sean Maguire artwork which I really enjoyed. There were so many sent to me with bits of fan fiction. There’s never any negativity. I was even sent beer based on the character that was made by a little brewery called Sean Maguire Red Irish Ale. I loved hearing the fan stories.

“For example, there was a riding group of girls who could no longer meet during Covid. They were trying to think of ways to interact, so they decided to go horse riding together in the game instead. It’s stories like this that make me so excited to meet fans face to face.

Mr. Mellamphy highlighted the call for Red Dead Redemption 2.

“There is a story that is inevitable depending on how you interact with the world in the game.

“If you do not respect good morals, the results will inevitably be negative. It will offer you a different flavor of what you are experiencing.

Michael has starred alongside a host of A-list stars since arriving in New York, including Ferris Bueller’s Day off actor Matthew Broderick. The couple starred side by side in The sailor which opened on Broadway in 2018.

“Matthew Broderick and I shared a dressing room,” laughed Michael.

“He was a great guy to work with and extremely professional. He and Sarah Jessica Parker were wonderful and very supportive. On opening night my wife came in and had no idea she was even sitting at next to Sarah Jessica Parker.

Michael’s next project will be the Origin Theater production of Kees Roorda A child like Rishi with Origin Theater will feature Atandwa Kani from Black Panther fame, Sung Yun Cho ( The blacklist) and Kaïli Vernoff ( Red Dead Redemption 2).