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Colin Farrell was on home turf for his latest star-studded party, as he turned out for the premiere of Veronica Guerin in Dublin. The Irish hunk chatted with the film's star Cate Blanchett and his fellow Irishman Bono at the city's Savoy cinema, where the true life crime story got its first screening.

The flick tells the story of a renowned journalist who was gunned down by the gangsters she had written about in her column. The courageous reporter had already been beaten up by one drug dealer and shot by another, but she refused to back down in the face of underworld intimidation. Two men were later jailed for her murder.

While Colin only has a very small part in the film, he is close friends with director Joel Schumacher, who gave him his big break in Hollywood. The 27-year-old was an unknown until Joel cast him in the military drama Tigerland in 2000. Though the film fared poorly at the box office, Colin won the plaudits of critics and big money offers soon followed.

The pair subsequently teamed up on the hit thriller Phone Booth, which went to number one in the US. Asked about his part in Joel's latest flick, Colin responded in characteristically candid fashion: "It was an easy day at the office flirting with Cate Blanchett," he said.

Cate, meanwhile, took her performance rather more seriously. "I felt an enormous responsibility while playing Veronica, to her colleagues, friends and family," said the 33-year-old.

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Colin chats with Aussie star Cate Blanchett after the Dublin screeningPhoto: © ShowBiz Ireland
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Bono was also on hand with his wife Ali, and director Joel SchumacherPhoto: © ShowBiz Ireland

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