If you’re a fan of Mrs Brown’s Boys, you’re probably desperate to know what’s going to happen to Rory after actor Rory Cowan decided to leave the show after 26 years earlier on in 2017.
Fear not, the character of Rory will be making his return to the show, but in the most unconventional and hilarious way.
The BBC will be airing another Christmas special during the festive season and producers have revealed how they’re going to reintroduce the iconic character back into the script. Be aware, we have a few spoiler alerts upcoming!
According to sneak-peak rumours, Rory will be returning home after having undergone major cosmetic surgery on his face, which is why he will be sporting a completely different look. (In other words, they’ve had to find a replacement actor to fill the slot…) In fact, the only indication we have that it really is Rory are those iconic glasses.
Whatever viewers may think of the plot twist, you have to hand it to Brendan O’Caroll for coming up with a quirky plotline so the show to go ahead in its usual format. Let’s face it, the series just wouldn’t be the same without Rory’s character, so we’re glad of a solution.
The trailer doesn’t reveal Rory’s new identity and only displays his bandaged-up face. Throughout the majority of the programme, viewers won’t have any idea which actor has replaced Cowan until Mrs Brown unwraps the bandages in the big reveal towards the end. While Rory’s family seem to be loving his new look, his mother is far from impressed with the dramatic results of the ‘cosmetic’ procedure.
In an interview with RTE Radio, Mrs Brown actor Brendan O’Carroll discussed his thoughts on the epic plot twist: “The reveal is very, very good.” he said. “And what I love about this episode is that everybody goes, ‘There’s no change’. Except Agnes, who goes, ‘It’s not Rory!'”
Tweeters are already speculating who the new Rory will be and the excitement is definitely starting to kick in. We have just five days until all is revealed…
“Can’t wait to see who this new Rory is” one said.
“@MrsBrownsBoys can’t wait to see the new Rory. Not long now.”
“Can’t wait to find out who the new Rory is on
“It’s going to feel strange with a new Rory” another added.
Whilst another commented: “Watching
#MrsBrownsBoys and I remember reading something that Rory has left it now? Rory was funny when they messed up!”
Cowan announced his departure from the show back in July, leaving faithful fans devastated.
He claimed that he ‘hadn’t been happy’ for some time after having endured the gruelling touring schedule of the live show and admitted that the decision had been a long time coming.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, he said: “I hadn’t been happy working for the Mrs Brown’s Boys company for the last 18 months to two years. I feel that 26 years is enough so I decided it was time to go.”
He also went to discuss that himself and Brendan O’Carroll had a great working relationship; slamming claims that there had been a fall-out between the two actors: “I got tired of it, I haven’t been happy for the last two years working there.” he said.
“There was no row with Brendan, there was no dispute over money or anything, in fact quite the opposite, I got so well paid that it enabled me to be able to leave, I didn’t need to stay.”
“I feel that 26 years is enough so I decided it was time to go. I told Brendan [O’Carroll, the writer and actor] on June 16 about my decision to leave. That’s when I handed in my notice.” he continued.
“I was supposed to leave at the end of that week, but Brendan said that would be impossible and asked if I’d stay on until the end of the London O2 gigs. So I agreed to that.”
Brendan also confirmed that there were no hard feelings about Rory’s decision to depart and told The Irish Sun: ” To all of us it feels like Ronaldo leaving Man Utd. But Ronaldo went on to amazing success which I know Rory will too,”
“I can’t even quantify the contribution Rory has made to our success and the wellbeing of me and my family, not just on screen or stage but way before that as a friend and a driving force in getting us here. He’s a legend.”
Mrs Browns Boys initially started off on stage before it was picked up by the BBC in 2011.
Yet, according to latest reports, Brendan has decided to turn down a major TV offer in Russia for one important reason.
If the show was to be broadcast in the country, Russian bosses declared that Rory’s character would have to be cut-out of the show entirely, due to the fact that he is gay. Unsurprisingly, Brendan wasn’t happy and decided to refuse the deal – despite the opportunity of earning high profits.
“They didn’t want any gay, Russia in particular.” Brendan explained.
“It was a nice little deal, it’s a big country so the fee you’d charge for the licensing is audience-related, so it’s a big audience and it would have been a nice fee. But no gay, absolutely no gay. So I said ‘no gay, no show’. And that was it.”
“Romania threatened (to cut Rory out), but then went ahead with it.
“What they’ve done is, the Rory character is the Rory character and he’s still gay, but they never mention that he’s gay. But it’s still Rory.”
The show currently broadcasts internationally and is popular in countries such as the USA, Austrailia and South Africa.
The Christmas special of Mrs Browns Boys is being aired over two episodes during the festive season. The first programme is set to be broadcast on Christmas Day at 10pm, while the second is being aired on New Years Day at 10pm – both on BBC One.
We’d love to know your thoughts on Rory’s dramatic transformation!