This is the blog post in which my website quickly becomes TMZ.com.
Taylor, Andy, and I have been busy making our way around LA for the past few days. This afternoon we saw the setup for Tropic Thunder’s premiere in Westwood Village, so we made sure we were back home in time to catch a glimpse of Black, Stiller, and Downey Jr.
We headed down to the Village at 6:05 because the stars were supposed to start arriving at 6:00. The streets were all blocked off, and you couldn’t see anything because they erected barriers to hide the protesters.
Oh yeah, there were protesters.
Protesters before the premiere
They were upset over the use of the word “retarded” and thought the film was making fun of people with intellectual disabilities. I can’t comment on this without seeing the film, but my understanding is that Ben Stiller was simply mocking Hollywood’s irrational obsession with rewarding actors who take on those roles.
The Red Carpet
In hopes of getting a better view we walked around to the back side of the red carpet. We quickly realized that we could easily see through the barrier behind the TV cameras, which was completely empty. We found the best location, behind AP and VH1, and began our celebra-sightings.
Vegetation is for voyeurism!
I have no idea who this is.
At first the celebrities came SLOWLY. I guess the early comers are people who really want to talk to all of the cameras and get their image out there. Our first was Steve Coogan, the brilliant British comedian whose show Saxondale I recently watched. The area around us was still relatively empty, so I got the best pictures of him (which weren’t great at all, because my camera’s zoom is horrible).
Mr. Steve Coogan
Next up was a member of the Apatow clan, Jay Baruchel. I will always love him for his turn in Almost Famous, so it made me happy to see him making the rounds.
You had me at Almost Famous.
Co-writer, and awesome-hat-wearer, Justin Theroux was next.
He's the guy from Inland Empire. No? Mulholland Drive? Okay, Sex and the City...
Bill Hader, of SNL fame, quickly followed, but by this time most of the attention had shifted to Jack Black. He was wearing a lightening blazer and had a different crazy expression for every question that reporters asked him.
Bill Hader of SNL and Superbad!
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor followed, and everyone seemed to ask him about the protesters. This meant that he wasn’t able to goof around with reporters and fans, at least not until Matthew McConaghey showed up. Either they’re good friends, or they hadn’t met, because Ben kept going over and talking with him.
The lovely Christine Taylor
McConaughey and Stiller
From here, the stars started flooding in. The press went nuts, so we weren’t able to get many clear pictures. Robert Downey Jr. made the press rounds, but most of the celebrities walked down the other side of the red carpet (with their backs to us) where I couldn’t photograph them. The list included (prepare to be jealous): Ed Helms, Rashida Jones, Jon Voight, Nick Nolte, Amy Adams, John Krasinski (!), Tobey Maguire, and Jason Bateman (!!!).
Mr. Father of Brangelina
Everything was happening so quickly, and before we knew it the press was screaming “TOM! KATIE!” My first real-life impressions of TomKat were unsurpising. Katie Holmes is as classy and beautiful in person, and Tom Cruise is, well, short. He didn’t give any interviews, so I don’t have a clear picture of him. However, he spent the whole time on the red carpet taking pictures with fans, so I can accept that.
Stay classy, Joey Potter.
After the movie started, we headed to CPK for some dinner. We got some last shots of the theatre, and the press-hungry protesters gathered outside.
Tropic Thunder, Tropic Blunder!
The Mann Village Theatre
It was an exciting evening, and evidently one that’s not uncommon in Westwood. This theatre is the second most popular location for movie premieres, with a different one every week. Here’s hoping the future ones will have fewer bush barriers which will result in better pictures for all.