Sunday 21 January 2018

Hollywood stars shine on fans at premiere

Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

HOLLYWOOD stars tend to be a limited commodity at Irish premieres.

So there was some excitement outside the Savoy Cinema in Dublin last night when no less than four US actors, including A-list stars Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, turned up for the Irish premiere of new Sandler comedy 'Grown Ups'.

Crowds began gathering from early and by teatime were stopped from spilling out into the traffic outside by gardai.

"I hear Adam Sandler is only around the corner," said the man on the PA getting the crowd into a bigger frenzy.

Just before 8pm, when the stars of the high school reunion comedy did arrive, including fellow cast members David Spade and Kevin James, they appeared more like extras from 'The Quiet Man' dressed in matching green shirts and tweed hats.

"My daughter told me it would be good to wear green," explained Chris Rock.

Jetting into Dublin that afternoon and checking into the Merrion Hotel, the actor and stand-up comedian told reporters he had already tried "the local Guinness and the local pot".

"I did my stand up here last year and man I tell you, Irish people laugh hard," said Rock.

Outside on the red carpet his bemused co-stars had been presented with Dublin football shirts, each emblazoned with their names.

'SANDLER 98' (as the GAA shirt read) joked his children were a bit vague on Ireland.

"I rang my daughter. I said I was in Ireland. She asked me 'do they speak Spanish over there? And do they have elephants?'"

An after-show party took place following the screening in The Gravity Bar.

'Grown Ups' is released in Ireland on August 26.

Irish Independent

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