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Mrs Brown snubs glitzy London premiere for a night at The Savoy

Published 10/05/2014 | 09:37

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Brendan O'Carroll
Brendan O'Carroll

Comedian Brendan O'Carroll snubbed a lavish screening of Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie in London and will host the world premiere in his hometown.

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The Finglas native turned down the chance to stage a massive opening in Leicester Square in order to let his Irish fans be the first to see Agnes Brown on the silver screen.

Florida-based O'Carroll's creation was filmed in Dublin last year and is set for release on June 27.

The trailer shows Moore Street's most famous stallholder getting into hot water, and includes celebrity appearances by rugby player Shane Byrne and RTE's Joe Duffy.

Rory Cowan, who plays Rory Brown in the award-winning BBC sitcom, told the Herald there was "no way" O'Carroll would consider opening the film overseas before an Irish screening at the Savoy in O'Connell Street.

"People wanted us to go to London first, but Brendan said no -- Dublin is the priority and that's the way it's going to be," he said.

The actor also said there will be a Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie sequel, to be shot next year, as well as two more TV Christmas specials.

"We've a good break now before we start on everything next year," he said. "That's great, because we've done an awful lot of touring."

The cast of the TV phenomenon have just returned from a sell-out tour of Australia, where they put on live shows for more than 300,000 people.

"It was absolutely amazing, it was unbelievable," said Cowan. "The show is big here and in the UK, but over in Oz it's insane how popular it is. It's on Channel 7 and is the most-watched programme on TV."

Cowan admitted that while it was very flattering, he found the attention from fans overwhelming at times.

"If people recognised you they'd come and sit beside you and just keep chatting. I'm not complaining, but there were times I did think, 'Will I go out or just stay in?'."

(The Herald)

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