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A pint on tap's Far and Away the best, says Tom

HE doesn't have a legion of followers around the globe for no reason. Tom Cruise stayed true to fan-pleasing form as he spent over an hour-and-a-half greeting his Irish contingent of supporters.

The atmosphere was electric as the Hollywood star arrived to the Dublin premiere of his new movie 'Oblivion'.

The father of three was welcomed by thousands on the red carpet as he signed autographs and posed for pictures.

The 50-year-old pulled up to the Savoy cinema on O'Connell Street at 6.30pm, in a convoy of six black Mercedes and flanked by bodyguards.

To ensure he did not get cold as he chatted to waiting fans on the red carpet, Cruise's team shadowed him with a portable heater.

A host of well-known faces filled the cinema for the exclusive screening, including Bressie, Sharon Corr and Cecelia Ahern.

Speaking on stage before the film kicked off, Cruise said one of the highlights of his trip – his first visit to Ireland in 18 years – was getting to enjoy a pint of Guinness. "I realised a pint always tastes better when you pull it yourself," he said.

"When I was shooting 'Far and Away' here, I had Guinness on tap in my room, I thought it was just one of the perks of the gig."

Cruise wore a sharp suit and tie to the event; while his co-star, Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, wore a floor-length emerald green Roland Mouret gown.

The actor, who is drawn to science fiction roles, was also full of praise for his director, Joe Kosinski.

"I haven't made a sci-fi like this since 'Minority Report'. Joe showed me his vision of the future and his aesthetic is so original and unique that I just couldn't wait to work with him."

Earlier in the day, Cruise visited the Hugh Lane Gallery for an industry event. It was attended by Amy Huberman, Liam Cunningham, Pat Kenny and Yvonne Keating.

'Love/Hate' actress Susan Loughnane was also invited and told the Irish Independent she was delighted to meet Cruise.

"He was so nice, really charming and so polite. We talked about how he was enjoying Ireland."

After his appearance at the Savoy, Cruise left the cinema at 8.45pm and flew out of Dublin Airport late last night.

Irish Independent