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Disney's Cook admires Guerin's courage at pic preem

HOLLYWOOD — Producer Jerry Bruckheimer‘s somber new biopic about slain Irish journo Veronica Guerin preemed before a Westwood crowd that included Guerin’s real-life mother last week at the Bruin.

“Veronica Guerin” topliner Cate Blanchett says she wasn’t quite sure how American audiences would receive the Joel Schumacher-helmed pic, which opened in the U.K. during July to moderate B.O. The Aussie actress also said she prepped for the role extensively in the Emerald Isle.

“I saw the places she was writing about, where she worked and spent time with her family,” Blanchett said. “I trolled through the radio and television interviews she did, so it was kind of emotional and technical, the preparation.”

“When someone has the courage like a Veronica Guerin, their lives should be celebrated, and I think that’s what Jerry, Joel and Cate have done,” Disney’s Dick Cook said at the after-party at the Armand Hammer Museum.

Bruckheimer and executive producers Chad Oman and Mike Stenson were joined by several guests, including Disney execs Nina Jacobson, Oren Aviv, Jason Reed, and Chuck Viane. Among the other guests attending were Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Isaacs, Olivia Wilde and Samantha Mathis.

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