Sunday 24 March 2019

BOD and Amy hit the red carpet alongside Matt Bomer for the Dublin International Film Festival

Brian O Driscoll and Amy Huberman at the premiere of Papi Chulo, the opening gala of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019 at Cineworld, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Brian O Driscoll and Amy Huberman at the premiere of Papi Chulo, the opening gala of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019 at Cineworld, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Matt Bomer at the premiere of Papi Chulo, the opening gala of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019 at Cineworld, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Amy Huberman at the premiere of Papi Chulo, the opening gala of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019 at Cineworld, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Matt Bomer at the premiere of Papi Chulo, the opening gala of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019 at Cineworld, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Brian O Driscoll and Amy Huberman at the premiere of Papi Chulo, the opening gala of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019 at Cineworld, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman made a stylish appearance at the opening night gala for the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.

Amy, one of Ireland's most popular tv stars, was on hand to support the 12-day event - a celebration of Irish and international film - alongside her husband at Dublin's Cineworld last night, dressed in matching all black. The Finding Joy star (39) opted for skinny jeans, a black polo knit and leather jacket with a pair of boots from her Bourbon Footwear range and an embellished hairband; while BOD was dressed in a similarly muted ensemble.

The couple, who have been married for eight years, were among the celebrity guests for the premiere of Papi Chulo, an Irish-American comedy starring Magic Mike's Matt Bomer, who flew to Dublin for the occasion, alongside Alejandro Patino. This wasn’t Bomer’s first time in Ireland though as he told the Irish Independent he was once a barman in one of Galway’s most popular food and nightlife hotspots, Busker Browne’s and Kirby’s on Cross Street in the city.

“I lived in Galway when I was 21 and I worked in Busker Browne’s and Kirby’s next door,” he said.

Brian O Driscoll and Amy Huberman at the premiere of Papi Chulo, the opening gala of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019 at Cineworld, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Brian O Driscoll and Amy Huberman at the premiere of Papi Chulo, the opening gala of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019 at Cineworld, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

The Golden Globe winner (41) said working with an Irish crew in LA was a jovial experience, "That was really fun, they brought the Irish crew over and producers and there was such a lovely atmosphere on set, so collaborative, connected and fun. It was just a really fun, great shoot.”

Speaking about his character in the film, a gay TV weatherman who strikes up an “unlikely friendship” with a migrant worker from Mexico, he said it was story that showed how a compassionate person save another.

“He’s a man on the verge of collapse who has suppressed himself off from reality in order to preserve his own psyche. An unlikely friendship develops with a migrant worker who barely speaks English but happens to be an amazing compassionate person who saves him in a way.”

And he seemed eager to work with more Irish talent, name-checking Black 47 and Rosie actress Sarah Greene, from Cork, as someone he would like to share the screen with.

Meanwhile, Butler was delighted to be bringing his work home.

“It is so great to open the festival, I’ve closed it twice. Irish audiences are important if you’re an Irish film maker – you can play it anywhere, we’ve been to Palm Springs, LA. But Ireland matters.”

Matt Bomer at the premiere of Papi Chulo, the opening gala of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019 at Cineworld, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Matt Bomer at the premiere of Papi Chulo, the opening gala of the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019 at Cineworld, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

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