Russell Crowe is moving into Matt Damon’s former €15,000-a-week Dublin mansion

What’s good enough for Matt Damon seems good enough for Russell Crowe.

Scar-winning Crowe has moved into the same villa Matt rented in Dublin two years ago during his famous stay here in 2020.

We can reveal that Russell and his girlfriend Britney Theriot have moved into the stunning Mount Eagle Georgian mansion on Vico Road in Killiney, South County Dublin for almost €15,000 a week.

Crowe, 58, is in Ireland filming The Pope’s Exorcist, which is based on the real-life story of Vatican Father Gabriele Amorth, who performed over 100,000 exorcisms before dying in 2016 at the age of 91.

The Pope’s Exorcist is being directed by Julius Avery, with locations being worked on in Dublin and Co. Wicklow.

Two other actors confirmed for the film so far are Alex Essoe and Daniel Zovatto.

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Russell Crowe on the set at Trinity College Dublin as he is set to star in The Pope’s Exorcist

Crowe filmed several scenes at Dublin’s Trinity College on Wednesday wearing black religious robes. He plays the title role of Father Amorth in the film.

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Pictured on the first day of filming of The Pope’s Exorcist in Dublin. Russell Crowe will play as Fr. Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s former chief exorcist. Image: Mark Doyle.

Crowe’s friend Britney is also working on the film and was seen chatting with him during breaks.

Britney is a 31-year-old American real estate agent and the couple confirmed their relationship last November.

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They first met on the set of his 2013 film Broken City, when Britney was working as an actress before becoming an auctioneer.

In addition to chatting to his girlfriend on set, Crowe was caught taking a cigarette break while groups of extras dressed as nuns and priests strolled the college grounds.

On Thursday, filming moved to Dublin’s Dame Street Town Hall, where Crowe was driven around in a Range Rover.

On Friday he was filming interiors in a disused church in Drumcondra.

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Pictured on the first day of filming of The Pope’s Exorcist in Dublin. Russell Crowe will play as Fr. Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s former chief exorcist. Image: Mark Doyle.

Last weekend he was spotted having lunch with Ryan Tubridy at Grapevine restaurant in Dalkey – the two have become friends after Crowe appeared on the Late Late Show several times.

Restaurateur Marco Pierre White is another of Crowes’ friends – and he’s filming his new TV series in Dublin this weekend and has told friends he hopes to meet Russell for lunch in Dalkey.

Crowe won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 2000 blockbuster Gladiator and has also starred in such films as A Beautiful Mind, The Insider, Cinderella Man and Les Misérables.

The star appears to be keeping fit during his time here, as three bikes were strapped to the rear of the Range Ranger as he headed up Mount Eagle.

Stars like Bono, Enya and Van Morrison have pads in the area.

Mount Eagle is a three storey seafront villa built circa 1840 on stunning private grounds overlooking Killiney Bay and is considered one of Dublin’s finest seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom homes.

It’s owned by businessman Alistair Tidey – a son of once-kidnapped supermarket boss Don Tidey – who bought it for €3.8million in an off-market deal in 1997, when it was the most expensive house ever sold in Dublin.

Previous owners have included bookmaker-turned-real-estate investor Joe Donnelly, who carved off several acres of his gardens to develop a state-of-the-art private art gallery before selling the original four-acre home to the late car dealer Pino Harris.

Mount Eagle is a classic granite mansion spread over 464 square meters and decorated in a period style.

Unlike many Dublin villas of a similar caliber, it is completely untouched with no modern additions.

The property also features an attractive two storey coach house conversion which houses a gym, sauna and two further bedrooms.

The property enjoys unparalleled privacy, uninterrupted views over Killiney Bay and an acre of exquisite tiered grounds which includes formal gardens, a swimming pool, tennis court, lawns and wooded walking paths.

Its former resident star Matt Damon stayed there two years ago while filming The Last Duel, which also starred Ben Affleck, Adam Driver and Killing Eve stunner Jodie Comer.

In early 2020 Matt had been staying in a villa in Dalkey once owned by Formula 1 ace Eddie Irvine, Ischia, at €1,000 a day before flying back to the US for a couple of months at the end of May and then returning here to do more filming .

Russell will no doubt be aware of the huge real estate costs in Dublin when he was pictured browsing houses in an auction window on the capital’s St Stephen’s Green 20 years ago.

Accompanied by three burly bodyguards, Crowe left the comfort of the Merrion Hotel’s luxurious penthouse suite to stroll the nearby streets.

The Pope’s Exorcist is the latest in a series of films and television productions filmed in Ireland in recent months.

Antonio Banderas visited to work with actresses Alice Eve and Shelley Hennig to star in Jon Keeves’ thriller The Last Girl. Jonathan Rhys Meyers was also spotted filming The Last Girl in Wicklow Town.

Colm Meaney is also currently filming in Co. Wicklow where he is filming The Problem With People which also stars Paul Reiser, Jane Levy, Luciane McEvoy and Des Keogh.

The film is a heartwarming comedy about two estranged cousins ​​who resolve a multigenerational family feud.

Adam Driver was also recently spotted filming at Ardmore Studios in Co. Wicklow. The American is said to be shooting 65 here, a science fiction film with a budget of over 90 million euros.

Meanwhile, TV crews in Dublin are also busy filming back-to-back seasons of crime TV series Kin.

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