Daniel brings Hol­ly­wood glitz to town


Bray People - - NEWS - MARY FOG­A­RTY

DANIEL DAY LEWIS har­nessed the power of Hol­ly­wood last Sun­day to bring Wicklow Hospice Foun­da­tion €250,000 closer to its €3 mil­lion goal.

A crowd of de­voted fans braved the cold to wait out­side Dublin’s Savoy cin­ema for a glimpse of the stars as they ar­rived on the red car­pet for the Euro­pean Pre­mier of Lin­coln.

‘I’m really really grate­ful that peo­ple turned out for this,’ said Daniel, the star of the film and the per­son re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing its Euro­pean pre­miere to Ire­land.

‘We weren’t sure, some of my friends felt that be­cause of the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion this kind of event was not pos­si­ble. So we ex­plored it a lit­tle bit and it turns out we could do it.’

The cause is one close to the ac­tor’s heart. He was asked to sup­port Wicklow Hospice Foun­da­tion around the time his mother passed away in Eng­land.

‘She was in the hospice part of a cot­tage hospi­tal there. Ev­ery sin­gle day that I spent with her in that place I was deeply grate­ful for the level of care and com­pas­sion she re­ceived,’ he said. ‘She chose to stay there. She could have gone home and she chose to stay in that hospi­tal.’

His pas­sion for the cause rubbed off on his fel­low stars, all of whom ral­lied around Daniel and his adopted home of Wicklow.

‘Daniel ex­plained to us his en­thu­si­asm and pas­sion - how it be­gan, what it is, and I think we all felt that this is the kind of thing that needs to be done on a grand scale all over the world,’ said his co-star Sally Field. ‘It’s just a won­der­ful thing and I’m thrilled to death to be here.’

Spiel­berg spent over €40,000 on a set of signed Bono prints at the auc­tion later on in the Burling­ton, but on the red car­pet he was all about Lin­coln.

‘ The film is really about the power and re­spon­si­bil­ity of per­sonal lead­er­ship, in­ti­mate lead­er­ship, about a leader who ac­tu­ally was one of the peo­ple,’ he said. ‘ There was no fire­wall be­tween him and the peo­ple who elected him or the com­pas­sion he had for the peo­ple of the United States of Amer­ica,’ he said, adding that Abra­ham Lin­coln was ‘one of the most amaz­ing characters in global his­tory.’

And of course to play such a man re­quires one of the most amaz­ing ac­tors in global his­tory.

‘I never imag­ined any­body could play Lin­coln other than Daniel Day Lewis,’ he said. ‘I ap­proached him three times over a six year pe­riod - luck­ily the third time he said yes!’

Bray box­ing star Katie Tay­lor and her par­ents Pete and Brid­get were among the guests, as well as En­niskerry crooner Chris de Burgh with his wife Diane and their model daugh­ter Rosanna Dav­i­son.

Bono and The Edge were there, Jim Sheri­dan, Neil Jor­dan and oth­ers from the movie, mu­sic and busi­ness worlds.

Katie Tay­lor, ra­di­ant in a stun­ning dress from TK Maxx, was gen­uinely ex­cited to be there. ‘I can’t wait for the film. It’s go­ing to be a great day,’ she said. ‘I hope we raise as much as pos­si­ble for the hospice.’

It was Daniel’s day, though, the man who may well be the first ever to win three Os­cars for Best Ac­tor.

‘Who knows what will hap­pen,’ he said with his char­ac­ter­is­tic quiet mod­esty. ‘ Those things are no­to­ri­ously un­pre­dictable and this

is a year of in­cred­i­bly strong films and really won­der­ful per­for­mances.’

The char­ity was the vic­tor last Sun­day, with over a quar­ter of a mil­lion euro put in the pot for Wicklow Hospice Foun­da­tion.

‘ It ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions,’ said Dr. Bren­dan Cud­dihy, Chair­man of the foun­da­tion, which al­ready has €2.5 mil­lion do­nated by Wicklow peo­ple.

The auc­tion got pretty heated at times, with Steven Spiel­berg’s own wife bid­ding against him to drive up the price of the Bono prints.

Other high­lights in­cluded a paint­ing of Daniel Day Lewis in char­ac­ter as Lin­coln. The work was ex­pected to sell at around €3,000 but fetched €16,000 in the end.

Bono’s wife Ali Hew­son bought a set of box­ing gloves signed by Katie Tay­lor, as well as tick­ets to her bout at the Bord Gais En­ergy The­atre. She paid €2,700 for the gloves and tick­ets.

‘Sinead O’Connor played a stormer,’ said Dr. Cud­dihy. The Bray res­i­dent sang un­til 2.30 a.m. at the event, throw­ing some old favourites she hasn’t per­formed live in years like ‘Noth­ing Com­pares to You.’

He added that the event was a gi­ant step, a ‘ red let­ter day’ for the founda- tion. ‘ We are so grate­ful for the gen­eros­ity of Daniel Day Lewis.’

Mean­while, Bray-based artist Mark Baker painted a por­trait of Steven Spiel­berg which the di­rec­tor signed for the char­ity auc­tion at Sun­day's Lin­coln Ball in The Burling­ton.

‘I spent the month of Jan­uary work­ing on the paint­ing, in be­tween other com­mis­sions,' said Mark. ‘I in­cluded a sil­hou­ette of Daniel Day-Lewis as Abra­ham Lin­coln in an at­tempt to ex­press Spiel­berg's vi­sion of the ac­tor as the great Pres­i­dent.'

The paint­ing sold at the func­tion for €4,500.

ABOVE: Daiel Day Lewis, Sally Field and Steven Spiel­berg at the Euro­pean pre­miere of Lin­coln in Dublin on Sun­day. LEFT: Bono and his wife Ali with U2 Man­ager Paul McGuin­ness and his wife Kathy, ar­riv­ing at the Savoy Cin­ema on O’Con­nell Street. FAR LEFT: Steven Spiel­berg poses for pho­to­graphs with fans. RIGHT: Olympic gold medal win­ner Katie Tay­lor. TOP RIGHT: Chris de Burgh with his wife Diane and daugh­ter Rosanna.

A por­trait of Steven Spiel­berg, painted by Bray-based artist Mark Baker, which was sold at an auc­tion to raise funds for the Wicklow Hospice.

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