14 Jan - 7 Pounds Premiere

January 14th, 2009

7 pounds. I haven't heard that much that makes me want to see it, but that's never been an impediment to going to a premiere before. So, stool in tow for added elevation (with Will Smith expected, crowds would no doubt be big) I headed over to Leicester Square.

It wasn't an easy premiere, and stars Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson didn't attend. But when Will Smith is in the place, it's always a party. The guy is a champ.

There were rumours a big star was going to make an appearance in Leicester Square, and my money was on it being Philip Seymour Hoffman. Call it a hunch...

There were rumours a big star was going to make an appearance in Leicester Square, and my money was on it being Philip Seymour Hoffman. Call it a hunch...

"Possibly not Phillip Seymour Hoffman.... and likewise unlikely to be Sean Penn"

"Possibly not Phillip Seymour Hoffman.... and likewise unlikely to be Sean Penn"

Reporters familiarising themselves with the photosheet of expected celebs. I seriously, seriously need to get myself a sheet like that so I know who half these people are.

Reporters familiarising themselves with the photosheet of expected celebs. I seriously, seriously need to get myself a sheet like that so I know who half these people are.

Will Smith! Woo! Few genuine stars are so eager to sign autographs, pose for photos, do multiple circuits of the fans around the place, and even use breaks in interviews to head to the crowds yet again. He was even desperate to repay the five dollars he owed me. (I just didn't have change for a hundred. Next time, Will...).

Will Smith! Woo! Few genuine stars are so eager to sign autographs, pose for photos, do multiple circuits of the fans around the place, and even use breaks in interviews to head to the crowds yet again. He was even desperate to repay the five dollars he owed me. (I just didn't have change for a hundred. Next time, Will...).

Will Smith will brook no criticism of the movie Independence Day. And I agree... excellent film. (Bad Boys II, however? Not so much)

Will Smith will brook no criticism of the movie Independence Day. And I agree... excellent film. (Bad Boys II, however? Not so much)

I have no idea who this is, so I'm going to go with Emmanuelle Beart because Ms Beart is very pretty and so is this lady. The reasoning is tenuous, sure, but it's all I have.

I have no idea who this is, so I'm going to go with Emmanuelle Beart because Ms Beart is very pretty and so is this lady. The reasoning is tenuous, sure, but it's all I have.

"It's either some crazy caterpillar or something that came from the cornrows in my hair extensions. But let's get on with the interview"

"It's either some crazy caterpillar or something that came from the cornrows in my hair extensions. But let's get on with the interview"

It's ... it's.... I have no idea. Hand me that piece of paper, please.

It's ... it's.... I have no idea. Hand me that piece of paper, please.

It's... it's.... I also have no idea. Please tell me it's Martin Lawrence in drag..... so at least I can look suitably surprised.

It's... it's.... I also have no idea. Please tell me it's Martin Lawrence in drag..... so at least I can look suitably surprised.

It's not so much that I can recognise this man, but at least he can be independently verified after the fact to be : Director Gabriele Muccino. He also did 'The Pursuit of Happyness' with Will Smith. I didn't watch that film, and may not watch this film, but it's nothing personal, man!

It's not so much that I can recognise this man, but at least he can be independently verified after the fact to be : Director Gabriele Muccino. He also did 'The Pursuit of Happyness' with Will Smith. I didn't watch that film, and may not watch this film, but it's nothing personal, man!

"I don't want to alarm you.... but I'm not Sean Penn"

"I don't want to alarm you.... but I'm not Sean Penn"

Keeping spirits high in the freezing cold. Bless you, Will Smith. (Even so, I'm still hazy on watching this movie...)

Keeping spirits high in the freezing cold. Bless you, Will Smith. (Even so, I'm still hazy on watching this movie...)

Will Smith just promised everyone a cheeseburger to fight off the cold, and Gabriele Muccino just explained how much that stands to cost him.

Will Smith just promised everyone a cheeseburger to fight off the cold, and Gabriele Muccino just explained how much that stands to cost him.

"WILL SMI !! WILL SMI !! WILL SMI !!". Well, that was unexpected. And may not have happened.

"WILL SMI !! WILL SMI !! WILL SMI !!". Well, that was unexpected. And may not have happened.

Will Smith meets Yellow Cap Guy. Words can't describe The Awesome.

Will Smith meets Yellow Cap Guy. Words can't describe The Awesome.

That one was enjoyable, albeit cold and crowded. And while I was having trouble staying balanced while the crowd surged around me and my stool, I did get official police validation that my stool was authorised to be in the area.

Next up? Possibly 'Revolutionary Road' on the weekend. 'Valkyrie' is next week, but that one is supposedly BIG where this one was only Average, and certainly crowded enough already. We shall see!

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