Aidan keeps his feet on ground at premiere

HE might have gone from 'The Clinic' to 'The Hobbit', but Dublin actor Aidan Turner is not going to let a starring role in director Peter Jackson's latest Middle Earth blockbuster turn his head.

Two weeks ago the 29-year-old Clondalkin man was mobbed by the media on the red carpet at the world premiere of ' The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' in Wellington, New Zealand.

However, last night the press attention was somewhat smaller in scale for the Irish premiere at the country's only IMAX screen in Cineworld Parnell Street in Dublin.

"I just hope Dublin stays this way for me. Wellington was crazy so it's nice to have something on this scale back home with so many friends and family here," Turner told the Irish Independent.

But that could all be about to change with more fan sites appearing by the day for the former 'Tudors' actor, who has the starring role of dwarf Kili.

Last night's attendees praised the panoramic vistas of New Zealand in the movie which were showcased by director Jackson's decision to shoot his film with dedicated 3D digital cameras at 48 frames per second to provide a "more intense visual experi ence".

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' will be released in cinemas nationwide on Thursday.

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