WATCH: Late Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin gushes over Ireland in Late Late Show interview
Published 20/06/2016 | 11:02
Late Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin (27) left a lasting impression with Irish viewers during a 2011 appearance on the Late Late Show.
Mr Yelchin, who died in a freak car accident on Sunday, visited Dublin in 2011 to promote his film Fright Night opposite Colin Farrell.
For the promotional tour, he was joined by co-star and Superbad star Christopher Mintz-Plasse and the pair appeared on the RTE chat show after enjoying an Ireland soccer game at Aviva stadium.
And they were so taken with the team they wore Irish jerseys underneath their suit jackets as they faced a grilling by host Ryan Tubridy.
“It was like the ref was a little too hard on Ireland,” he said of his first match.
He wen on to attempt an Irish accent and the duo said they could play Jedward in a movie after paying a visit to the twins in the Big Brother house.
Mr Yelchin praised his Fight Night co-star Colin Farrell, saying: "He’s just a great human being."
His Late Late appearance was two years after he was catapulted into stardom thanks to his 2009 role as Pavel Chekov in JJ Abrams' Star Trek reboot.
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“There’s always a couple (of fans) outside my house hanging out dressed as me,” he told Tubridy.
During his time in Ireland, Mr Yelchin attended the Irish premiere of the film at Cineworld on Parnell Street and took up residence at the five star Merrion Hotel.
Tributes have poured in for the young star, who was killed when he was struck by his own car, police have said.
The American actor, 27, was hit by the vehicle as it rolled backwards down his drive in Studio City, California, according to Los Angeles police officer Jenny Hosier.
The car pinned Yelchin against a brick letterbox pillar and a security fence.
He had got out of the car, but police did not say why he was behind it when it started rolling.
Yelchin was on his way to meet friends for a rehearsal, Ms Hosier said. When he did not arrive, the group went to his house and found him dead.
Yelchin started his acting career with parts in indie films and television shows such as Judging Amy and The Practice before getting his big break in 2006 crime thriller Alpha Dog.
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