From thousands of entries, the Budweiser Dream Big campaign is now down to the final four and among them is the only representative from the West of Ireland, Galway actor Eugene Horan.
At stake is the ultimate prize, a €50,000 trip to the USA to pursue their dream, along with their Best Bud. Mr Horan has chosen his girlfriend of six years, Basia.
Mr Horan has been performing for many years and this summer will see him hit the silver screen in the Martin Scorsese produced film Tomorrow, alongside James Cosmo, Stephen Fry and soul singer Joss Stone. The film is directed by Scorsese’s long-time associate Martha Pinson and Eugene plays the British soldier Danny, serving in Afghanistan.
Also due for release in the coming months is the apocalyptic thriller Plan Z, Mr Horan takes on the role of Irishman Ronan McBride, who in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, will stop at nothing to ensure his family’s safety. Mr Horan is also an Executive Producer on this film, which is already winning awards on the festival circuit. Best Foreign Film at the 2016 Canada International Film Festival and Best Director at the Horror Hound Festival in Cincinnati Ohio, are two of its accolades to date.
No stranger to being in the company of many all-time greats, just last year Mr Horan shared a stage with the legendary Al Pacino where he performed an impression of the Hollywood star in front of a 1,000 strong audience. Before that, the Galway man was a personally invited guest of Robert De Niro when he attended the World Premiere of Grudge Match in New York City. It was there that De Niro introduced Mr Horan to Sylvester Stallone and the Rocky legend encouraged the Galwegian actor to begin script writing, a skill he has been working on ever since.
The competition will be decided by public vote and readers can vote for Eugene once per day on three different platforms BudDreamBig.ie, the Budweiser Facebook page by commenting #DreamBigEugene and on Twitter by tweeting #DreamBigEugene to @BudweiserIRL.