O'Connell Street transformed for action-hero Jack's red-carpet return
HE walked down O'Connell Street everyday as a school student.
Now actor Jack Reynor is still pinching himself that he got to attend a premiere of his new blockbuster movie in Dublin's city centre.
The Wicklow native jetted home this week after a whirlwind international tour promoting director Michael Bay's Transformers: Age Of Extinction, to attend a screening of the summer flick at the Savoy cinema, yesterday.
And after thanking the hundreds of people who showed up to catch a glimpse of the rising A-lister, 22-year-old Jack told the Herald he can't believe he is on billboards on one of Ireland's most famous streets.
Explaining how he walked past the cinema as a school child, he said: "I would just hope someday I would be able to come here and launch a film at this theatre and now my face is plastered all over the walls so a lot has happened in four years. It's really surreal."
The What Richard Did star was overwhelmed by the turn-out in his home country, following weeks of openings around the world.
Baby-faced Jack was accompanied by his model fiancee Madeline Mulqueen. The couple happily posed for the cameras together before Jack signed autographs for waiting fans.
Madeline flew out to join her famous other half in America last month while he and his cast mates set out on the promotional trail.
Jack said it meant a lot to him that she was at his side. "It's nice having her with me - she's a great support system."
Jack and Limerick girl Madeline got engaged in March. They have yet to set a date for the wedding, but have confirmed that they will say 'I Do' in Ireland.
Jack was keeping tight-lipped on revealing any plans. "It's not something I'm talking about - I'm just keeping it under wraps between me and her."
IFTA winner Jack's blockbuster co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz did not attend yesterday's bash. A string a well-known Irish faces turned out to enjoy the festivities, however.
On the guest list were model-turned-singer Nadia Forde and MTV presenter Laura Whitmore.
Even though she was "still tired" after the celebrations at Glastonbury, Laura, wearing a black two-piece suit by The Kooples, said she was thrilled to get to introduce Jack's film.
The Bray broadcaster said she's grown up as a Transformers fan.
"I love them and it's great seeing the cast mixed up a little now too," she said.
"Irish people are so supportive of other Irish people and even when you do so well and come back, they're lovely and so nice.
"I think Jack will do extremely well career wise."