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Fan power gets Crowe to Irish 'Noah' premiere

Kirsty Blake Knox

Published 26/03/2014 | 02:30

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Russell Crowe attends the photocall of Noah at the the Fasano Hotel March 21, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Russell Crowe attends the photocall of Noah at the Fasano Hotel, March 21, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Actor Russell Crowe (R) poses for a picture with a fan during Pope Francis' weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on March 19, 2014 in Vatican City
Actor Russell Crowe (R) poses for a picture with a fan during Pope Francis' weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on March 19, 2014 in Vatican City

OSCAR-winning actor Russell Crowe will touch down on Irish shores very briefly this Saturday for the Irish premiere of Darren Aronofsky's biblical film 'Noah'.

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Crowe won't be sticking around for too long as he plans on attending premieres in Dublin, Edinburgh and Cardiff all on the same day.

The Irish premiere will take place first, with the cast walking the red carpet at O'Connell Street's Savoy Cinema around midday. Once Crowe has signed a sufficient amount of posters and posed for photos with fans, he will jump aboard a plane and head over to the UK.

Last week, Crowe suggested an Irish premiere was on the cards when he asked his Twitter followers to send messages to Paramount Pictures requesting an Irish screening.

The non-stop tweets paid off and yesterday Paramount, which produced the €94m film, confirmed Crowe will be in Dublin this weekend.

'Noah' is being billed as the world's "original disaster story" and is already whipping up a storm of controversy.

This week, it was banned by the Indonesian Film Censorship Board for religious reasons. The movie has already been banned in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain.

Director Aronofsky has consistently described 'Noah' as the "the least biblical, biblical film ever made".

Unsurprisingly, Christian groups have criticised the film for not adhering to the Old Testament.

As part of the 'Noah' marketing campaign, Crowe attended an audience with Pope Francis and said it was "a privilege" to be invited.

Irish Independent

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