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Rolling out the red carpet as box-office smash opens

Published 11/10/2011 | 05:00

A lead actress in the hit US film 'The Help' admitted to be bowled over by the movie's success as she attended its Irish premiere last night.

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Based on the number one 'New York Times' bestseller by Katheryn Stockett, the movie tells the story of three very different women in Mississippi during the 1960s who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules.

It remained at the top of the US box office for four weeks, taking in more than $159m (€116m) in the US and over $166m (€121m) around the world.

There may have been a low-key turnout for its Irish premiere with few high-profile celebs at the showing. But the red carpet was out at the Savoy on Dublin's O'Connell Street, where Octavia Spencer marvelled at the film's popularity.

"I felt like it would do well, but I think that it exceeded my hopes and dreams," she said.

Veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne, and 'Fair City' actress Claudia Carroll were among those who attended the premiere.

Irish Independent

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