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One Night in Istanbul: All set for another night to remember

By Steven Beacom

As a footballer Robbie Fowler was used to being centre stage, but he was more than happy with a cameo role for his first movie-making experience in the new film One Night in Istanbul.

The comedy, which celebrates Liverpool's iconic Champions League success in Istanbul in 2005, premieres in Liverpool tonight when captain Steven Gerrard and a host of other famous faces are expected to attend, and will be released in Odeon cinemas in Northern Ireland from tomorrow.

A host of well known stars are in the picture, including Paul Barber, renowned for his role in The Full Monty and playing Denzel in Only Fools and Horses, Samantha Womack, who played Ronnie Mitchell in Eastenders, and Steve Waddington who acted alongside Johnny Depp in Sleepy Hollow.

Then there is Fowler, one of the most popular players ever to wear the Liverpool shirt.

"I play myself and drop some footballs off for a local charity. I don't want to give too much away because it will ruin my 10 seconds of fame. Everyone will just have to watch it," he said, smiling like he had just scored a goal in front of the Kop.

"I was worried in case I would be a bit wooden, but I've seen a clip and it wasn't too bad."

Joking he added: "My phone is bright red with all the Hollywood agents trying to get hold of me. It means I might have to move abroad again!"

The movie, made with the support of Liverpool FC, is based on the original hit stage play by Nicky Allt and follows two down-on-their-luck cabbies, who strike an unusual deal with a local gangster to take their sons on a trip of a lifetime to watch their beloved Liverpool play in the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan in Istanbul.

Things, however, don't go as smoothly as they planned.

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