We mentioned last week that British star Clive Owen hopped across the Irish Sea to make an appearance at the Jameson Dublin Film Festival, and perhaps he'll have more reason to spend time in Ireland in the future. Owen met up with Oscar nominated Irish director/writer Jim Sheridan during his time in the capital, and the two discussed working together on a new project. "I've met him a couple of times, but this is the first time we're sitting down to talk," Owen told the Sunday Tribune. "I love his work. Any actor would because of stuff as good as 'My Left Foot' or 'In the Name of the Father.'" Owen is no stranger to Ireland, having worked there in 2004 to shoot "King Arthur." "It was a hugely enjoyable experience because of the horses. Not the horses in the film, the ones at the Curragh. I'm really into horse racing. It's a big part of my life. When I'm down, I'm always looking to come over to Ireland and go racing," he said. The annual races in Galway in July are next on Owen's list, hopefully. "I have never been to Galway but I keep hearing that it's pretty fantastic so hopefully I'll come down this year," he said. "I'm very fond of the Irish people generally. I have no Irish connections but I have a lot of friends in Irish racing so I feel I'm strongly connected here." During his time at the festival, Owen read out a text message from his friend Mickey Rourke, whose career is in overdrive again thanks to his amazing star turn in "The Wrestler." The text, said Owen, read like this, "You're a lucky f***er. Dublin is the best city in the whole world!" Maybe Sheridan should also include Mickey in his upcoming conversations!
The Irish pub that became home base for 9/11 ground zero rescuers