Thursday 14 December 2017

Chapter One given star billing at private dinner for Pacino and his pals

TOP Dublin restaurant Chapter One played host to two Hollywood legends last night.

Michael Madsen and Al Pacino, who starred in 1997 hit Donnie Brasco, chose the Michelin-star restaurant to celebrate recent film successes.

Madsen was the first to appear at the Parnell Square venue last night, shortly after gracing the red carpet at the CHQ in the IFSC for the special Jameson Cult Film Club screening of Reservoir Dogs.

After doing press interviews, he was escorted to Chapter One. Shortly afterwards, Al Pacino and his girlfriend Lucila Sola arrived for the private meal at 9pm.

Pacino was in town for Monday night's special screening of his documentary feature Wilde Salome.

Afterwards, both Al and Lucila hit private members' club Residence, leaving before midnight.

An insider told the Herald: "After he did the red carpet, Michael went straight to Chapter One with the directors of the film festival. Al Pacino showed up shortly after nine.

"His girlfriend Lucila was there too and they were getting on like a house on fire.

"They were definitely having a good time together. They have stayed friends since filming Donnie Brasco in 1997," the well-placed source revealed. And although Michael (54) is known for his roles in Kill Bill and Vice, the star also spoke about his time in the Celebrity Big Brother house alongside Dublin model Georgia Salpa.

Michael said during the show that the half-Greek beauty "bored him to death" and said she brought nothing to the house.


And he admitted he hadn't spoken to her since the show and claimed the Channel 5 series tried to "mess with his head".

"I'm so glad Big Brother is over with. It was kind of a mind-altering experience. I'm not sorry that I did it but I'm glad it's over. It was all about trying to get people to lose their minds but it didn't work with me."

After enjoying dinner with Pacino, Michael returned to the CHQ, where he did a live Q&A in front of an audience with radio presenter Rick O'Shea. Spotted at the VIP event were Saturday Night Show host Brendan O'Connor, 98FM host Siobhan O'Connor, FM104's Sean Munsanje and Ireland rugby stars Tommy Bowe, Isaac Boss, Rhys Ruddock, Devin Toner and Kevin Mclaughlin.

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