Colin O’Donoghue celebrated his 30th birthday in a bizarre manner — making his feature debut opposite Anthony Hopkins at the premiere of Warner/New Line’s exorcism drama “The Rite” at the Chinese on Jan 26.
“It’s surreal but it’s a good surreal,” the Irish thesp said at the post-preem bash at My House. “Tony’s the greatest actor of our day and was incredibly nice to me.”
Hopkins had received a standing ovation when he arrived at the Chinese and said portraying an exorcist proved to be challenging and rewarding.
“I enjoy exploring questions of faith and I had fun, though my wife was a bit upset about the scary parts,” he added.
Director Mikail Hafstrom noted at the party that he was still buzzed over the screening. He hasn’t decided what directing gig to take next, but said he’s leaning toward a comedy.
“I know everyone thinks people from Sweden don’t have a sense of humor but I’m a funny guy.”
Attendees included New Line prexy of production Richard Brener, Warners marketing topper Sue Kroll and Father Gary Thomas, the inspiration behind the movie.