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Cast 'honoured' by Postlethwaite

Pete Postlethwaite's involvement in the last film he made - new comedy Killing Bono - was an "amazing honour" for all those who took part, its director has said.

The Oscar-nominated actor, who died in January after a long fight with cancer, plays a camp landlord in the film about two brothers who fail to crack the music industry while their schoolfriends U2 shoot to worldwide fame.

Speaking at the comedy's UK premiere, director Nick Hamm said the young cast was hugely grateful to have had Postlethwaite on board.

"He was one of the greats, and to have him on your set was just such an amazing honour," he said.

"The last speech that he has in the film is about fame, what fame can do to you and how fame can both destroy you and make you. I think coming out of the mouth of somebody like Pete Postlethwaite, that has a resonance it doesn't have with other actors."

Based on music critic Neil McCormick's autobiographical book I Was Bono's Doppelganger, the film shows the aspiring rocker (played by Chronicles Of Narnia actor Ben Barnes) and his brother Ivan (Irish actor Robert Sheehan) floundering while arch rivals U2 soar to stardom.

Attending the premiere at London's Apollo West End, McCormick revealed his former classmates in U2 had given the film their seal of approval.

He said: "Bono loves the film, he's supported it all the way through. I know that they saw it in Australia, the whole band, and they were rolling around laughing at (U2 bassist) Adam Clayton's hair - mind you, we were doing that in 1977.

"It was funny then, it's still funny now."

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