Stones in His Pockets' Sean Campion and Conleth Hill are used to competing against each other for awards. The two Irishmen, whose quick- change transformations from American film stars, directors and bodyguards into Irish extras and townspeople won them serious accolades, have already faced off in London's West End, where Hill took home the Olivier. Now in New York City, they're both nominated for the Best Actor in a Play Tony Award.
Still, there's no sense of one-upsmanship between the actors. "What's lovely is that the show got three nominations," Hill said.
"The Tony Awards, that's the top of your profession, plus there's the whole history of Broadway. To find yourself walking into a room and to be included in all that, it's a phenomenal feeling. I don't think we're going to realize what's been happening to us until we get time to stand back from this when the show is over. At the moment, it's an extraordinary roller coaster ride," Campion added.
In Stones in His Pockets, Campion and Hill play a multitude of characters, ranging both sexes, several nationalities and all ages. There's the main characters - Jake and Charlie - two Irishmen seeking extra work in an American film for a little cash, plus the spoiled and sexy American film star Caroline, the hunchbacked British film director Clem, the last surviving extra from "The Quiet Man" and two of the town's young men, Sean Harkin and his best friend Fenn, whose tragedy provides an emotional center for the comedy.
Hill can't name a favorite from his various parts (including Caroline, Charlie and Clem), but Campion likes playing Jake best. "I like Jake the most because he's the character who goes through the whole play and has the journey to make. That voyage and discovery for him is really good to play. The others, they're just great fun," Campion said.