Something to Crowe about as star delights fans

Russell-mania descended on Dublin last night, as throngs of people gathered outside the Savoy cinema to catch a glimpse of Hollywood actor Russell Crowe.

Fans of all ages crowded the barriers hours before the event, and were rewarded for their efforts when the A-lister stopped to sign autographs and pose for photos.

While the actor took to Twitter yesterday to express his frustration at constant interviews, he seemed in good spirits on the red carpet.

“Dublin, press all day. Not the best way to spend a day in the friendliest Capitol City,” he wrote.

Of course, Crowe may not be very fond of our nation’s media after his well-publicised spat with an evoke.ie reporter at his premiere of Noah last year.

The star took umbrage to remarks the journalist made about the rugby team he owns, and later took to Twitter to label the writer a “plonker”. Thankfully, there seemed to be no repeat episode this time.

The straight-talking New Zealander was in town for this year’s Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, walking the red carpet for a special screening of his new film The Water Diviner.

The film, which he directs and stars in, has garnered substantial acclaim from critics across the globe. It tells the story of an Australian farmer who goes to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli in the First World War to search for his three missing sons.

When the movie opened in Australia, it raked in Au$5.68m (€4.38m) in just six days. It also stars bond girl Olga Kurylenko and is set for general release in Ireland in April.

Over the next few days, the film festival will see a whole host of stars descend on the capital, including Sex and the City actress Kim Cattrall, Harry Potter star Alan Rickman, and Irish actors Robert Sheehan, Jack Reynor and Saoirse Ronan.

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