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'they loved him' Jodi Comer speaks of how Irish adopted Matt Damon when he opted to spend lockdown here

Damon spent his time here living with his family in Dalkey

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Matt Damon with his now-famous supervalu bag

Matt Damon with his now-famous supervalu bag

Matt Damon with his now-famous supervalu bag

Jodie Comer has told how Ireland fell in love with her co-star Matt Damon during lockdown, with chat-show host Graham Norton joking there were more sightings of him than The Loch Ness monster.

The Killing Eve star revealed that production on period epic The Last Duel was shut down just days after she, Damon and the movie’s other stars landed in Dublin for filming.

“We were filming in France and then they flew us to Ireland. We got stepped down when we got there and we were stepped down for five, six months.”

Comer spent the early days of lockdown in Dublin but dashed home to Liverpool after the UK government warned of travel restrictions.

“(I stayed) for a couple of weeks but then they were like: ‘You’re not getting back in the UK’ and I was like: ‘Mum! I want to go home’.

“So I didn’t. But Matt did - Matt stayed there for the duration. They loved him.”

“Matt Damon became like The Loch Ness monster in Ireland,” added Norton. “Didn’t he go on a radio show? People reported sightings of Matt Damon.”

Damon became a social media sensation when he was spotted out and about near the Dublin suburb of Dalkey, where he opted to spend the entire period of lockdown with his family. A photo of Damon carrying a SuperValu bag while returning from a swimming trip trended worldwide and spawned several memes.

Comer - who recently wrapped series four of Killing Eve - will appear opposite Damon, Ben Affleck and Adam Driver in The Last Duel which opens in cinemas next week.

The period epic was filmed here over two months late last year, with massive sets of medieval buildings constructed in Wicklow’s Ardmore Studios. The Oak Field at Ballycurry Demesne in nearby Ashford was used to stand in for the French monastery where the duel took place.

In the movie she plays Marguerite, a French noblewoman and the wife of Matt Damon’s character, who wants to see justice done for a brutal rape carried out against her.

Damon challenges the accused man (played by Adam Driver) to a duel to the death in a bid to take vengeance against him. The movie is set during France’s Hundred Year War with England in the 14th century.

The movie is directed by Ridley Scott, who previously brought period epic Gladiator and sci-fi thriller Alien to the big screen.

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