A Cork City Councillor has joked about expecting an Oscar nomination after he was spotted in the latest ad for SuperValu.
Fianna Fáil Councillor Terry Shannon sports a dressing gown and has his hair up in a towel in the video, which he took part in with his family during lockdown.
It all started when he took part in a Tik Tok video which his daughter Katie posted online during lockdown. An advertising agency liked what they saw and contacted the family to see if they would participate in the ad for SuperValu.
“Anything for a laugh. Lockdown syndrome was biting,” Terry told The Echo.
They picked up their item - sesame crispbread - in SuperValu in Grange and began filming.
He said that due to public health guidelines, the Shannons were tasked with filming their part in the ad, and sending it back for feedback. The whole process took four or five hours.
“We sent it off to them then and we heard no more until someone saw it on television. I was quite surprised that someone recognised me. I thought with the beard I wouldn’t be that recognisable,” he said.
However, he’s been spotted by many people who have been rewinding their TVs just to check to make sure it’s him. Some had recognised the conservatory, which was filmed in recently on the day Micheál Martin was elected Taoiseach.
“It was gas. It was a bit of fun. I’m a great believer that you shouldn’t be taking yourself too seriously.
“My film career has taken off anyway. We’re expecting Iftas and Oscar nominations now. Someone was saying that they were looking forward to me being in The Young Offenders, but I said it would be more like The Auld Offenders,” he laughed.