James, our man in the UK just sent in this awesome report from the UK premiere of Red 2! Wait… Bruce Willis gets to be a douche on more than one continent? Crazy!
But when there’s a Red premiere you now what that means! More Mary Louise Parker awesomeness! Swoon!
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Two premieres in two days, not something that happens everyday with me! I originally had no intentions to go this one, however again being offered a ticket to watch the film persuaded me otherwise. Unlike the LA premiere which had a pretty amazing turnout, this one only brought Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and Mary Louise Parker. Not that I’m complaining, but it would’ve been nice to have John Malkovich and Catherine Zeta Jones come over for it.
Anyways, to the premiere. The set up was really rather impressive, I think the biggest I’ve seen for a premiere that I’ve been to, taking up all of the gardens in Leicester Square, which is a rarity. You’d have thought with spending so much money on the setup they’d spend enough to send more people over.. Hmm.
Unlike normal, the cast didn’t arrive before other celebrity guests. First to arrive was singer Chipmunk (no me neither), who signed an index card for me.
He was followed by a singer I have heard of (and have seen live), Katie Melua. Katie signed an index card for me, and posed for a photo too. Wanted to meet Katie for a little while, so this was a nice surprise.
Comedian Russell Kane followed next, and was as friendly as ever. He too signed an index card and posed for a photo with me.
Russell was followed by the first star of the film to arrive, the fabulous Dame Helen Mirren. I really don’t think she needs an introduction, if you’ve not heard of Helen Mirren then you have been living under a stone for the past decade. Helen, unlike when in theatre recently, was signing a fair few. She came over to where I was and kindly signed my DVD sleeve of The Queen. The Queen is one of my favourite films, so I was very glad to get it signed. Michael Sheen signed it back in 2008, so there’s been a 5 year wait to complete it, and that’s not been without trying. It’s been to a book signing, 4 awards, a premiere and 3 theatre trips before finally being signed. Phew!
Helen was followed by the second star of the film, Mary Louise Parker, who looked fabulous (Mike I thought of you at this point!).
(Editor’s Note: That’s Right! My girl! I heart MLP! M-)
The Weeds star was as lovely as I expected her to be, and was more than happy to sign an index card and pose for a quick photo with me. It’s not the best photo, but it’s certainly not the worse!
Oh, boxer David Haye had arrived without me noticing, but he was happy to come over to sign a card and pose for a photo. David lives somewhere close to me as I’ve seen him a couple of times in town, but never bothered him. Nice to finally meet him properly!
Time was getting on, and there was still no sign of Bruce Willis. Our tickets had said arrivals would be at 6.30, and there was strictly no admittance after 7.15pm. It was now 7.10, and he’d still not arrived. Not that I was surprised, it’s Bruce Willis after all, it’s in the job description to be an arse. It got to 7.13pm, so we asked the security what to do; we were told either go in at that point, or wait and miss the film. Since it was Bruce, who’s hardly known for his signing habits, we decided to head in. Walking the red carpet is more exciting than watching an overrated actor not sign. Especially when it was such a big setup.
Once inside the cinema, we had to wait for Bruce to arrive. A whole cinema waiting. At the European premiere. Classy. We even had someone come out to apologize for the delay.
Bruce finally arrived, and having done the red carpet in record speed (he did his usual smile and let people take photos of me because I’m so cool) act, although did sign a couple I’m told, the cast were introduced to us. Helen Mirren spoke first, apologizing for the delay (classy, Bruce, get someone else to apologize), and shared some nice stories about filming. Bruce spoke next, and just said “it was fun, it’s funny”. Mary Louise added that she was excited for the impending Royal birth (this was about 2 hours before the birth was announced!).
The film was pretty good, it’s always nice to see London on camera. Not that I’ll say anything else about it, other than I’d recommend it. And that was that! Chuffed to meet Helen and Mary Louise, couldn’t really care less about Bruce. That sums it up pretty nicely.
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