Crowe shocks regulars as he drops into pub for a pint of Guinness...

NewsBy Esther McCarthy
Crowe with fans at the Jameson Film Festival
Crowe with fans at the Jameson Film Festival
Kealy's pub on the northside of Dublin
Kealy's pub on the northside of Dublin
Russell Crowe posed for a selfie with a fan
Russell Crowe posed for a selfie with a fan

Locals in a Northside Dublin pub were stunned when Oscar winner Russell Crowe sauntered in for a pint this weekend.

Punters at Kealy’s pub near Dublin Airport nearly dropped their pints when one of the world’s most famous actors popped in for an unscheduled drink late on Friday night. 

Some of the customers had just been watching the Hollywood star deliver a raucous cover of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues during a lively Late Late Show appearance. 

Crowe − recently linked to a Leeds United takeover bid − was due to jet to Paris after his TV appearance, but insisted on diverting for a drink first. 

“Russell was only in Dublin for 12 hours, but was adamant he wasn’t leaving without a visit to a traditional pub,” said a movie insider. 

“He knows Ireland well, having spent time here with the late Richard Harris over the years, and wanted a bit of downtime before heading to Paris.”

He got his chance at Kealy’s, owned by Derry and Elaine Kealy.

“We treat all our customers the same. We take pride in our customer service,” said manager Harriet, adding that staff were delighted to see the Hollywood A-lister enjoy a drink.

The feeling was mutual and the actor even tweeted a pic of his freshly poured drink to his 1.7million twitter followers, adding: “Me and my new Dublin lover, come here sweetheart, let me wrap my lips around ye.” 

He later joked on the social media site: “Oh Danny boy, the pints the pints are calling” before thanking Kealy’s pub and bar worker Lauren Bowler.

Earlier, the star got a standing ovation at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival premiere for his new movie, The Water Diviner. 

The movie sees him turn director for the first time. “People say why did you choose this story? But it choose me. It was in the middle of a very busy period where I did five films in 16 months,” he told the audience after the screening. 

“I used to think I had the best job in the world, then I discovered there was a better one. This is three years of my life, an artistic gamble, but a commercial one too. I have bought my freedom. I am no longer the gun for hire who has to go wherever the work is. If I get to control where I am, I get to be with my children more.” 

During interviews earlier in the day, Crowe continued to fuel speculation that he would become involved in Leeds FC. He has previous successes in sports management, after his beloved rugby league team, the South Sydney Rabbitohs, went from underdogs to champions last year. 

Crowe was just one of the Hollywood stars in town for the Festival, which runs until next weekend. 

Kenneth Branagh was on the red carpet last night for the premiere of his new adaptation of the classic Cinderella story, while other guests due in next week include movie legend Julie Andrews and Harry Potter star Alan Rickman. 

Sex & the City star Kim Cattrall is set to thrill young acting students at Dublin’s Lir Academy when she gives them a masterclass next week.