The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premiere… It’s a big one, in fact it’s probably that last big premiere of 2013, so clearly I had to go. I got a panicked text from Billy Beer… get here as soon as possible.
When I did arrive Billy Beer had staked out a spot. I have to tell you, there are a lot of people here but it’s not as crazy as I anticipated.
The Lord of the Rings fans are actually really nice. You know there are fan groups that are so entitled sometimes, like they are the only ones who can like a band or a TV show, but the Lord of the Rings fans… Super cool!
One of the women made laminated tickets and passed them out as people arrived. Billy Beer couldn’t help photo bombing my photo. Doh.
It’s an odd premiere… Why? Well, they set up are area in the middle of the barricade basically splitting the fans in two sections and no one knows where to stand. Sigh…
The carpet is going up and it looks kind of small. I’m sort of surprised. Anushika is here and has a spot towards the front end of the carpet where the split is.
Oh, there are trees now! It’s so funny, all day everyone is like, do we stand at the corner on one side, or go to the other side. The Other Mike and I decided to just stay here. Billy and Scotty did the same. We have made a decision! I hope it’s a good one!
One of the Lord of the Rings fans passed out buttons to everyone. So cute!
Such a long day, I’m already bushed. It’s time for arrivals though!
Finally! Oh… It’s the first arrival! Luke Evans! Luke is super nice. Seriously, he gets the medal of the day for coolness. He starts at one end of the line and comes on down signing for everyone.
I have my The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug mini poster and a Men’s Health magazine for him.
Luke is signing fast but is very kind to everyone, he signs my Men’s Health magazine and then also signs my mini poster as well.
Luke signs for the entire line, I’m serious, he covered pretty much everyone. Props to him man…
Next arrival is Bilbo himself Mr. Martin Freeman!
He comes right on over and signs and signs. I was getting nervous he wasn’t covering much ground, but he picks up the pace a little. Martin is such a cool guy.
he signed my The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug mini poster and then my Love Actually UK Quad mini poster as well. I told him how much I adore Love Actually and he smiled and thanks me.
In all the commotion I didn’t see Evangeline Lilly come on over. She is super cool as well.
And She was signing up a storm. I had her sign my Lost mini poster and also The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug mini poster. So cute!
Stephen Fry is here and he runs over for a quick second. He signs but doesn’t get super far, I told him how much I loved him in Cold Comfort Farm and he was like, “Oh, thank you!” He also signed my The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug poster.
Oh dear… It’s Kahn! I mean Benedict Cumberbatch! He literally came at the same time as Richard Armitage. Oh crap! Richard started o one side and was moving fast and Benedict bee lined for Scotty!
I whipped out my Star Trek Into Darkness mini poster and after Benedict signed Scotty’s photo he signed my poster and then went down to the left. I missed Richard Armitage because he stopped signing as Benedict came over. Doh!
And there’s Orlando Bloom. He came right over and started at one end of the line and zipped his way down. I got him to sign my Lord of the Rings mini poster but he signed over the H in Hugo Weaving’s name. Sigh… I’m not totally devastated, but that kind of sucks.
Peter Jackson came over but only signed a handful and went the other way. Sigh…
We headed for the end of the carpet. A bunch of people were here, in fact it was a little bit of madness. Security were totally being jerks.
I saw Richard Armitage and he took one look at my Empire Magazine with the lenticular cover and said, “Oh, I have to sign that!” I tried to get him in silver but he signed it in black. Sigh… Ah well…
I saw Peter Jackson and got right up to him and I said, “Mr. Jackson would you mind signing my Lord of the Rings poster.” His response… “No thank you.” Ummm what? Seriously, I was right in front of him and he had a pen in his hand. He looked at the poster even. Wow, it really put a damper on the whole day and I have to tell you, my respect for the man went down a lot. That was really dicky.
Then security started going nuts, I was walking back and one douche said that I could be arrested. I was like, dude you’re a mall cop. Don’t threaten me, especially when I was leaving. That’s just stupid. People who have never had any power in their lives get a faux badge and think they are something special.
So, even with the disappointment of the end of the evening I still had a good day.
It was a long day… A long long day.
Until next time kids…
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