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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Returning heroes: Cillian Murphy and Barry Keoghan take to the red carpert for Dunkirk premiere

Barry Keoghan and Cillian Murphy at the Dublin Premiere of the film Dunkirk at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin.
Barry Keoghan and Cillian Murphy at the Dublin Premiere of the film Dunkirk at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin.
Barry Keoghan and Shona Guerin at the Dublin Premiere of the film Dunkirk at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin
Cillian Murphy and Barry Keoghan at the Dublin Premiere of the film Dunkirk at the Lighthouse Cinema,Dublin.
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Cillian Murphy and Barry Keoghan were the epitome of returning heroes at tonight's Dunkirk premiere in Dublin.

The red carpet was rolled out at the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield for Christopher Nolan's epic action movie about the 1940 evacuation of Allied Troops from the French city of Dunkirk during World War 2.

With an all-star cast that also includes Tom Hardy, Kenneth Brannagh, Mark Rylance and One Direction's Harry Styles, the movie based on a true story has already received a rave reaction online. 

Former Love/Hate star Barry Keoghan (24), who's originally from Dublin's Summerhill, said that it was an "unreal" feeling to take the movie back to his home city. 

He was joined at the glitzy event by a gang of mates that he's known from his childhood, alongside his stunning new girlfriend, make-up artist Shona Guerin. 

"That's my lady - she's gorgeous. She's a good one," he told Independent.ie. 

And despite being hailed as a rising star in Hollywood, he insisted that he won't be swapping his home town of Dublin for the bright lights of LA anytime soon. 

"Jesus, no. I feel that it's a great place to be (LA) - good vibes or whatever but here I feel I have my feet on the ground, or in the mud as it may be. I'm surrounded by good people and I just think over there, it could get to my head and I don't want that," he said.

When it came to his role in the big-budget movie, he came to his character of George with a completely fresh outlook. 

"No, it was naivety I played on with this. I didn't know a lot about the character and I kept that thing of not being aware of what was going on," he said. 

His co-star Cillian Murphy (41) said that it was an honour to reunite with his Batman director, Christopher Nolan. 

"I just feel very privileged to work on a film like this and to work with Chris ever time because he's one of the greats. He's one of the greatest directors working today so for any actor you'd want to selfishly work with someone like that," he said. 

He recently finished filming on season 4 of hit BBC series Peaky Blinders – but was keeping tight-lipped when quizzed about what fans can expect from the new series. 

"I can tell you nothing! There will be a few surprises in store," he said.

Dunkirk is out in Irish cinemas from July 21.

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