Well tonight was a first for me and fortunately for everyone out there in the world, I had my trusty iPhone with me to capture it all…
Living in Los Angeles has many perks. For one, up until about two days ago, it’s been in the high-70s/low-80s all day, every day. Also, you never know who you might run into at the mall or who might come into your store in West Hollywood to buy something (among those I’ve seen/helped include John Krasinski, 50 Cent, Neil Flynn, Kal Penn, Carl Reiner, Katt Williams, Mike Epps, Nick Swardson, and Pauly Shore). And, of course, there’s always the chance that the website that you write for might get invited to cover the Red Carpet Premiere of a movie. Well, tonight, that happened.
I was at Arclight Cinemas (the #1 theater in all the world, if you ask me) tonight for the premiere of Silent Hill: Revelation 3D and got to stand behind the velvet ropes next to the Red Carpet. Now, while they didn’t allow press into the screening (a bad sign potentially) I got to hang out and wait for the stars of the film to move by and ask some questions. Additionally, this was my first experience doing this, so I was a bit nervous, but I had a blast doing it, and I look forward to getting the chance to do it again!
What follows is just a small sample of the pictures that I took, cropped and beautified for your viewing pleasure. I hope you enjoy!
This was my place card on the Red Carpet. I assumed it was mine because, well, no one else has an awesome name like ours. I was displeased with how it was wrong, though, so I took action…
If you follow me on Twitter, you read this post, which pretty much summed up MILF’s place in the press world: “My spot on the red carpet is between Nerd Bastard and Hollywood Sizzle. Sounds about right.”
I was towards the end of the Red Carpet. I asked around and there sounded like there were both pros and cons to being at the end. On the negative side, sometimes the actors can run the gauntlet of important press (at the beginning) and get tired or be running behind and have to skip past you. However, a plus was that it wasn’t as crowded at our end so when the actors DID come our way, we had them pretty much to ourselves. The PR people were actually very good at making sure that their actors took the time to at least say hello to everyone, even if they didn’t have time to answer a question.
A close-up of the poster for the film.
This was the Red Carpet before it all began. I was a bit early, you see.
Things started warming up, though, and excitement began to buzz when Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”) started making his way through the Red Carpet. I’m a big fan of Harington’s Jon Snow on the previously mentioned EPIC TELEVISION SHOW THAT YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING and I was pumped to see him in person.
This is Harington’s first film role, and he appeared about as nervous as I was. He was a bit quiet and answered questions politely to everyone who was asking him ones. By the time he got back to us, we were only allowed to ask him one question. I spent a few minutes deciding what that would be and finally came up with a winner…
“What are scarier, the monsters in Silent Hill or the ‘White Walkers’”(from “Game of Thrones”). He took a second and semi-chuckled, saying that I put him on the spot. He ended up going with the “White Walkers” because so far, we haven’t really seen what they look like and the idea of something is scarier than what you can see. “Right on” I replied, and away he walked, back to a Justin-less life. I hope it’s worth living…
The coolest moment of the premiere, though, was after he finished our section, a group of “Game of Thrones” fans had camped out about 50 feet away and started yelling “Kit!” He went over for a good five minutes or so, signing posters, taking pictures, and shaking hands. He looked more comfortable in that setting than in the interview line, a normal reaction I’m sure to new-found fame. Cool guy. I hope he continues to do well!
Tomm Hulett is a producer of the Silent Hill game series and got to run the Red Carpet as well.
The most interesting thing that he said, besides saying that fans of the game series will probably enjoy this one more than the original because it lends itself more to the storyline of the games, was about horror in video games versus horror in movies. He said that horror in video games is “scarier because in movies, the scary thing is happening to somebody else and it may or may not be scary to you, whereas with a video game, the scary thing is happening to you.” I had never thought of it that way, but he has a point for sure.
Producer Samuel Hadida and actress Eileen Dietz (not in Silent Hill 2) were both around at the same time.
Dietz, like I mentioned before, does not appear in the film. However, she has appeared in quite a few horror films and appeared excited to be attending the premiere. She was a good sport, too, as the wind had started to blow and I swear, this is the best picture I got of her!
Hadida, on the other hand, has a connection to the film as one of the producers. He produced the first one as well. He seemed pretty pumped about the film, saying that both gamers and non-gamers would be able to enjoy this, as the story extends to the interests in both groups.
Writer/director Michael J. Bassett and star Adelaide Clemens were the last two people to make their way through the Red Carpet. We had been told that both Carrie Anne-Moss and Malcolm McDowell (both in the sequel) would be at the premiere, but for some reason, both no-showed. So, this was the last hurrah!
Bassett was a nice guy, spending about a half hour answering questions from pretty much everyone down press row. He said he was a huge fan of both the video game series and the comic book series (which I had no idea existed) and that he would sometimes get lost in his own fandom as he shot the movie, often resulting in him having to shake himself to prove that he was in fact directing a Silent Hill movie.
Clemens arrived a bit later to the Red Carpet but was met with tons of flash bulbs upon her entry. This is the 22-year-old actress’s highest profile role to-date and will later appear in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and I’m sure at some point in a movie as Michelle Williams’ twin!
I think this is my favorite picture of the night, as you can see the image of Clemens in both of the cameras next to me. It’s definitely a crowded area and everyone’s just trying to get the best shot or best sound-bite. It was a lot of fun, to be sure.
Well, there it is… my first photo gallery of a Red Carpet Premiere. I hope you enjoyed it almost as much as I did!
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D opens up this Friday the 26th in theaters all across the country.