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Monday 11 December 2017

'I love Ireland'... movie legend Pacino takes capital by storm

HE was told to stay away from the Guinness on doctor's orders -- but that didn't stop Hollywood legend Al Pacino from enjoying a late night in Dublin.

The Godfather star made his way to Residence following the special screening of his feature documentary Wilde Salome at the Savoy Cinema.

The event was part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

After the screening, Pacino and his girlfriend, Lucila Sola, went to Residence at 10.30pm, leaving just before midnight.

They were joined by Tara Leniston and Amy Huberman.

TV beauty Tara revealed how she's in discussions to make a new movie with the Scent Of A Woman star and his actress girlfriend.

She attended the Wilde Salome premiere at the Savoy with her good friend Amy after being invited along as a guest of Pacino's.

Tara had jetted in from her base in London especially to attend the event -- she first met Pacino while filming Meet Me In Miami in America several years ago. They had discussed working together at a later stage, but it didn't happen. She said she now hopes to executive produce a movie with him and his Argentine girlfriend.

The red carpet was rolled out at the city centre cinema last night for the special screening of the documentary amid scenes of chaos with movie fans out in force to see their idol.

Pacino had spent five years making the feature movie -- his homage to Oscar Wilde -- and describes it as his "most personal project ever".

"It's great, I love Ireland," he said. "I was here before and I always feel so at home and welcome here."

He continued: "I'm hoping I can find a way to do something here. Dublin was so gracious and allowed me to film the last time I was here because we were doing this movie about Oscar Wilde. So to come to the place where he was born, and be allowed free reign was very beneficial to the movie. I'm deeply grateful."

The movie star also said he was looking forward to "hanging" while he was over here -- but was going to stay away from the Guinness "under doctor's orders".

Among those at last night's event was President Michael D Higgins, who presented Pacino with a Volta, the festival career achievement award.

mfinn@herald.ie

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