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Russell with Ronan and Storm
Russell with Ronan and Storm

Russell Crowe partied in Dublin before the premiere of his movie yesterday – with new best friend Ronan Keating in tow.

The star revealed his growing friendship with Keating, and told how he and his girlfriend Storm Uechtritz helped him find a good haunt for Saturday morning pints before the film. 

“I wanted to have some Guinness in Dublin and knew Ronan would know where to go,” the New Zealand star revealed.
“We’ve just been up for some drinks in Keoghs.”

Keating revealed that he and the Oscar-winning stars of films like Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind, have become pals in recent times.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time in Australia and we’ve become friends,” he told Sunday World. “We’ve gotten to know each other quite well. He’s a good bloke and it’s great to be in Dublin with him. He wanted to squeeze in some time to have a couple of pints before the premiere so that’s what we did.”  

Crowe came to the Capital after embarking on a twitter campaign to have his new movie, biblical blockbuster Noah, premiered here.

The star kicked off his visit here before jetting to Edinburgh and Cardiff in a bid to attend three premieres on the same day. But after the Dublin screening, he made time for another pub stop off, this time to Fagans in Drumcondra. “Keoghs for a pint before, Fagans for a pint on the way to the airport,” he said. “Classic.”

A huge rugby fan, Crowe told how he’d been closely following Ireland’s progress in the Six Nations Championship.

“I’m well aware of how you guys did this year. I watched the match against France.
“Your prayers were answered against the French, but why are they never answered against the All-Blacks?”

“I went to see Ireland play the last time I was here. It was to fulfil a promise to my friend, the late Richard Harris. We had planned to go together,” he said of his great friend, adding that Harris passed away before they got to organise the trip.

The notoriously volatile actor was in great form as he mingled with fans outside the Savoy cinema.

He was in town for the premiere of the movie, which opened strongly in the US this weekend, despite getting mixed reviews. Irish film fans will get to see it when it opens here next Friday. 

Other guests at the glitzy premiere included Crowe’s co-star, hot young English actor Douglas Booth, Irish actors Peter Coonan and Martin McCann, and Jedward.