Two Irish tourists got VERY lucky last weekend, as they suddenly found themselves at the Oscars.
During the 89th Academy Awards, passengers on an open-top bus tour of Hollywood got the shock of their lives – as they were escorted into the Dolby Theatre, which was packed full of the world’s biggest stars on Sunday evening.
Host Jimmy Kimmel said the tourists had been told they were being taken to a backstage Oscars exhibition, however, they soon found themselves in the middle of the ceremony.
Among the eight lucky tourists was Aer Lingus air hostess Lisa from Co. Carlow, who was joined by her dad, Tom, on a short trip to LA during a three day lay-over.
2FM’s Stephen Byrne, who was over in LA covering the Oscars, just so happened to be on the same flight home that Lisa was working on – and got chatting to her and her lovely dad.
“I just went with my daughter for the three nights,” Tom told Stephen. “The biggest surprise of the trip was just walking into the Oscars, and being in that room with the most famous people and richest people in the world. It’s still not kicking in,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lisa revealed how unbelievable the experience was, and how she REALLY regretted her outfit choice that day.
Lisa’s dad Tom also told how Ryan Gosling was a proper gentleman, and admitted that seeing Denzel Washington in the flesh was like “winning the lottery”.
“He was the proper gentleman. He was very kind and nice. He just got up and shook hands with everyone,” Tom added.
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Speaking on The Eoghan McDermott Show, RTÉ star Stephen went into more detail about Jimmy Kimmel’s hilarious prank.
“They thought that they were going to go behind-the-scenes and see some of the dresses from previous years and see some previous awards that had been given out. They were given phones and they were led down this alleyway. There was a big door at the end that said ‘Oscars 2017’ above it.
“They were like ‘let’s take a photo of this because no one is ever going to get to see this or believe that this actually ever happened to us’.
“Little did they know that on the other side of that door was hundreds of millions of people watching the Oscars – and the biggest stars in the entire world!” he said.