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‘Harbor’ Star Beckinsale in London

May 31, 2001

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LONDON (AP) _ The British star of ``Pearl Harbor,″ Kate Beckinsale was greeted by crowds of screaming fans at the war epic’s London premiere.

The movie’s British launch Wednesday in central London’s Leicester Square, however, was a low key affair compared with the multi-million-dollar party in Hawaii on board a U.S. aircraft carrier last week.

But the 28-year-old Beckinsale said she was more nervous in her home country, where her friends and family attended the screening.

``This is much noisier and scarier than it was in Hawaii because it is Britain and my friends and family are all here,″ she said.

Thousands of fans gathered outside the cinema to catch a glimpse of Beckinsale and her co-stars, Josh Hartnett and Ewen Bremner. Ben Affleck did not attend.

``People in Hawaii were much more reserved and there were no real fans there,″ Bremner said. ``Here it is kind of wild.″

The film opened to poor reviews but nevertheless has enjoyed good box office returns since it opened in the United States.

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