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Jack is our first billion dollar star

Lynne Kelleher

Published 04/08/2014 | 02:30

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Jack Reynor, who was plucked from relative obscurity to star in the multi-billion dollar franchise.
Jack Reynor, who was plucked from relative obscurity to star in the multi-billion dollar franchise.

Home-grown actor Jack Reynor has officially become Ireland's first billion dollar movie star.

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The 22-year-old is officially the country's most successful box office star for a single movie after 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' became the first film this year to pass $1bn in global receipts.

Reynor is the first Irish actor to have a leading role in a film which passed the one billion mark for a single movie.

Liam Neeson comes a close second, with 'Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace' 'taking in $983m (€722m) worldwide in 1999.

While Reynor has taken the billion dollar title, Liam Neeson is still the reigning Irish king at the box office with his movies taking in over €4 billion around the planet.

Brendan Gleeson is in second place with over €3 billion in worldwide tickets sale, largely thanks to his starring roles in the 'Harry Potter' movies.

Pierce Brosnan has a worldwide tally of €2.5bn in third place due to 'Mamma Mia 'and the 'Bond' movies.

Meanwhile, 'Bridesmaids' star Chris O'Dowd has told how he feels grateful that his hit TV show 'Moone Boy' allows him to spend so much time in Ireland.

The Roscommon actor also revealed how he isn't very taken with being in the spotlight despite being catapulted to stardom following his leading role in the blockbuster movie, preferring the quiet moments.

Irish Independent

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