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Manx fans welcome Hollywood star

Claire Danes and Zac Efron
Claire Danes and Zac Efron were welcomed by more than 200 fans

More than 200 fans waited to catch a glimpse and welcome back film star Zac Efron to the Isle of Man for the premiere of "Me and Orson Welles".

He mingled with guests in the Villa Marina Arcade before stepping out on to the red carpet to meet the crowds and head to the Gaiety Theatre in Douglas.

Joining him were cast members Claire Danes and Bury-born Christian McKay as well as director Richard Linklater.

Efron said one of his best memories of the island was the hotel's sea view .

Never forget

"I have two pretty distinct memories of being on the Isle of Man. The first one is of the Gaiety Theatre," said the 22-year-old star, who leapt to fame in the Disney franchise High School Musical.

"We filmed for a long time in there and I spent a long time sleeping in the seats and sneaking food in when we weren't really allowed.

"The other thing I remember is looking out of my hotel window and seeing the sea every morning. That's one thing I will never forget. I have seen that view so many times and I really appreciated it".

The focus of the film was the Isle of Man's Gaiety Theatre, which doubled for the Mercury Theatre in 1930s Manhattan.

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