Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Johnny Depp turns on the charm at Irish pub after popping in for a pint

Johnny Depp charmed fellow diners with his non-starry affability
Johnny Depp charmed fellow diners with his non-starry affability

He doesn't eat much but Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp still made time to sit down to Sunday lunch in a small village in Co Westmeath.

The 'Chocolat' actor joined Cillian Murphy on a flying visit to acclaimed writer JP Donleavy in the village of Multyfarnham yesterday, before returning to London for filming of his new movie.

They were amongst a group of nine, including New York film director Bob Mitchell, who visited the elderly writer.

Locals speculated that the Hollywood group were there to discuss proposals to bring Donleavy's novel 'The Ginger Man' -- considered one of the top 100 books of the 20th century -- to the big screen.

The group enjoyed lunch at the award-winning Weirs Bar & Restaurant, where Depp charmed fellow diners with his non-starry affability.

"He was beautiful," said Una Weir, co-owner, hastening to add that she did not mean his looks but his personality and general demeanour.

"He was a gentleman -- so gentle and kind. He was so nice to all the children who all wanted his autograph because of 'Willie Wonka'.

"He gave them hugs -- he was a lovely guy," she said, adding that he had also tipped the staff well.

Declining to say what he had eaten, she merely said he had had a pint of Guinness and a small meal.

"He's so skinny, you can see he doesn't eat much," she said, however the rest of the party had full lunches and had paid the bill before sitting back to chat for two hours.

"When they left, they posed for photographs and everyone wanted his autograph," said Una.

Depp's 'Ginger Man' film project has been a long time in train but it finally seems to be taking off. Yesterday's meeting seems to cement the proposal.

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