Filming has finally begun on the long awaited sequel to "The Last Samurai" after Tom Cruise and Billy Connolly agreed to work together again following a bitter fallout during a promotional interview in Hamburg for the first and supposedly last "Last Samurai" epic back in 2003.
The unlikely pair haven't spoken since Cruise claimed that he had a better Irish accent in 'Far away' than Connolly did in 'The last Samurai' and that's why he was killed off in the opening battle. Connolly laughed off the suggestion and mocked Cruises attempt at the brogue "as an insult to his Leprechaun ancestry"
The sequel is set in 1848 in famine ridden County Mayo on Irelands wet and windy west coast in and will show how Cruises character 'Nathan Algren' and Connolly's 'Zebulan Gant' first met, fighting renegade Seanlynn monks in Belmullet during the famous Chinese chippy wars of North Connaught.
The film covers a tumultuous period in Irish history and while not entirely historically accurate, producer Edward Zwick promises gritty realism and an accurate and detailed portrayal of life in Ireland in the mid eighteenth century.
From the opening night club scene to the high speed donkey and cart chase through the back streets of the sprawling medieval city of Belmullet "The first Sam Maguire" oozes authenticity, from ancient "Polski Sklep's" to Roman ruins. Zwick also pays tribute to one of Irelands most famous names, Sam Maguire, Maguire was a close associate of 1916 rebellion icon Michael Collins and one of the original SeanLynn monks.
Will Smith will play the part of Sam Maguire, a part Smith says he was born to play.
"My uncle was called Sam, I had a beer with a guy called Maguire in a bar called Maguire's on St Patricks day 2 years ago in Boston and Tom was the lead in "Jerry Maguire.
I couldn't say no."