1 Aug - 'The Devil's Double' premiere

To begin with, this wasn't a premiere that was well-promoted. In addition, unlike most premieres, when I rocked up a bit beforehand there was no evidence that there even WAS one. Where was the carpet? The barriers? Security? Yellow Cap Guy? Except for a couple of people lounging around to make me think they were waiting for someone or something, there was actually no evidence..

Still... I'm occasionally patient and willing to see how things work out, and eventually I found a face I recognised as well as those of some autograph dealers who seem to know about these things so it did seem like *something* was going down.

Here's what happened:

It's a movie with a mostly gold-coloured poster. That is all I knew at this early stage, but I was trying to find out more.

It's a movie with a mostly gold-coloured poster. That is all I knew at this early stage, but I was trying to find out more.

We're all waiting for somebody. Me? Charlize Theron. This lady? Some actress. I fear I am more likely to be disappointed, mainly because Ms Theron isn't actually in this film.

We're all waiting for somebody. Me? Charlize Theron. This lady? Some actress. I fear I am more likely to be disappointed, mainly because Ms Theron isn't actually in this film.

People. People holding A List. That's a definite indication that something is going down... even if it's just that somebody has bought a new photocopier and is testing it to see if it works.

People. People holding A List. That's a definite indication that something is going down... even if it's just that somebody has bought a new photocopier and is testing it to see if it works.

So... this is what Premieres have come to. You want a red carpet? Here, have a cinema wall, a construction fence, and the well-laid tiles on concrete. (The incidental pedestrian through-traffic is all part of the charm, too. You're welcome!) It's the Global Recession II, y'all

So... this is what Premieres have come to. You want a red carpet? Here, have a cinema wall, a construction fence, and the well-laid tiles on concrete. (The incidental pedestrian through-traffic is all part of the charm, too. You're welcome!) It's the Global Recession II, y'all

A guy walks past and nothing happens. It's that kind of premiere, but it will later become amusing for reasons I'll go into further down.

A guy walks past and nothing happens. It's that kind of premiere, but it will later become amusing for reasons I'll go into further down.

I don't want to go on an on about how weird this alleged 'premiere' is/was, but THIS? Is one of the press photographers on duty. Now you know me, I'm happy to use the word "awesome" - either ironically or when things really ARE awesome. But this I don't really have words for.

I don't want to go on an on about how weird this alleged 'premiere' is/was, but THIS? Is one of the press photographers on duty. Now you know me, I'm happy to use the word "awesome" - either ironically or when things really ARE awesome. But this I don't really have words for.

Regardless of what this premiere is or is not in terms of organisational excellence, this is actor Dominic Cooper who is potentially on the cusp of reasonable success. He's in the newly released 'Captain America' playing Howard Stark, was in "An Education" with Carey Mulligan as well as the film version of "Mamma Mia". And here he is, exiting a limo across from a cheap Japanese diner in the backstreets of Chinatown, London.

Regardless of what this premiere is or is not in terms of organisational excellence, this is actor Dominic Cooper who is potentially on the cusp of reasonable success. He's in the newly released 'Captain America' playing Howard Stark, was in "An Education" with Carey Mulligan as well as the film version of "Mamma Mia". And here he is, exiting a limo across from a cheap Japanese diner in the backstreets of Chinatown, London.

From what I've been able to gather, the film is about a guy who bears an uncanny resemblence to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's son Uday, and is forced to become Uday's body double. Dominic Cooper plays that guy (as well as Uday) in the film. In other news, I love the suit jacket - it's awesome in a way that a paparazzi with a colander helmet, fluoro t-shirt and tattoos is not.

From what I've been able to gather, the film is about a guy who bears an uncanny resemblence to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's son Uday, and is forced to become Uday's body double. Dominic Cooper plays that guy (as well as Uday) in the film. In other news, I love the suit jacket - it's awesome in a way that a paparazzi with a colander helmet, fluoro t-shirt and tattoos is not.

Wireimage calls her Lucy Mecklenburgh which apparently is meant to help, but all I see is a couple of possible celebs running the gauntlet of a narrow Autograph-Dealer-dominated, woodchip and construction-yard adjoining Not Red Carpet. Still.. nice lacework on the dress, I'm man enough to admit.

Wireimage calls her Lucy Mecklenburgh which apparently is meant to help, but all I see is a couple of possible celebs running the gauntlet of a narrow Autograph-Dealer-dominated, woodchip and construction-yard adjoining Not Red Carpet. Still.. nice lacework on the dress, I'm man enough to admit.

Meanwhile, the woman with the vaguely 'circuit board design dress' is actually in this film, and goes by the name Ludivine Sagnier. She's been in many French productions and the occasional English language role in films like "Swimming Pool" and "Mesrine" both of which I've heard of but not watched. I blame myself.

Meanwhile, the woman with the vaguely 'circuit board design dress' is actually in this film, and goes by the name Ludivine Sagnier. She's been in many French productions and the occasional English language role in films like "Swimming Pool" and "Mesrine" both of which I've heard of but not watched. I blame myself.

Oh, please don't tell me this is yet another vitally important girl band whose contribution to music will be considerably less than their momentary contribution to clothing that is entirely unrepresentative to the tone and subject matter to the movie they are (apparently) here to see.

Oh, please don't tell me this is yet another vitally important girl band whose contribution to music will be considerably less than their momentary contribution to clothing that is entirely unrepresentative to the tone and subject matter to the movie they are (apparently) here to see.

Oh, look it's that guy. I think he was also at the premiere of "Horrible Bosses" and I think I referred to him as either Tobey Maguire or the guy who plays Sheldon in 'Big Bang Theory'. I have no further advance to my theory, but I think I respected him more when he wore maroon velvet.

Oh, look it's that guy. I think he was also at the premiere of "Horrible Bosses" and I think I referred to him as either Tobey Maguire or the guy who plays Sheldon in 'Big Bang Theory'. I have no further advance to my theory, but I think I respected him more when he wore maroon velvet.

A man and a woman united by the love of crisp white reflective clothing. (But who is famous and who is not? Or is that unimportant next to how stunningly their clothing merges together when photographed in high-key black'n'white?)

A man and a woman united by the love of crisp white reflective clothing. (But who is famous and who is not? Or is that unimportant next to how stunningly their clothing merges together when photographed in high-key black'n'white?)

The name "Ludivigne Sagnier" is fun to say... in kind of the way "Bernd Talasch" isn't. But I get by... by not wearing dresses and drawing attention to myself.

The name "Ludivigne Sagnier" is fun to say... in kind of the way "Bernd Talasch" isn't. But I get by... by not wearing dresses and drawing attention to myself.

Good news : with nobody else from the cast or crew set to show up, there's a second opportunity to play the famous "who is the famous one - him, her, both, or neither?" game. My money's on her.

Good news : with nobody else from the cast or crew set to show up, there's a second opportunity to play the famous "who is the famous one - him, her, both, or neither?" game. My money's on her.

With this kind of detached, _too-cool-for-you_ expression I'm more convinced than ever that she's the famous one. Between you and me, I'm a bit intimidated when people on red (or in this case nonexistant) carpets show up dressed like this then seem massively irked at being photographed because they're too awesome to be photographed. (Ideally, I could have out-cooled her by not photographing her at all, but then this comment would have made no sense). Ps. I've since found out that he's apparently the 'famous' one..

With this kind of detached, _too-cool-for-you_ expression I'm more convinced than ever that she's the famous one.

Between you and me, I'm a bit intimidated when people on red (or in this case nonexistant) carpets show up dressed like this then seem massively irked at being photographed because they're too awesome to be photographed. (Ideally, I could have out-cooled her by not photographing her at all, but then this comment would have made no sense). Ps. I've since found out that he's apparently the 'famous' one..

Meanwhile, it's hard for this not to be photo for the day - quirky photography dude goes wandering past that guy from earlier (remember that guy from earlier?)

Meanwhile, it's hard for this not to be photo for the day - quirky photography dude goes wandering past that guy from earlier (remember that guy from earlier?)

The Guy From Earlier turns out to be author Latif Yahia, who looked sufficiently like ex-Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's son Uday that HE was the one chosen to be the guy's double and wrote this and another book about his experiences. Wow

The Guy From Earlier turns out to be author Latif Yahia, who looked sufficiently like ex-Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's son Uday that HE was the one chosen to be the guy's double and wrote this and another book about his experiences. Wow

So... that was that. A premiere without a red carpet or barriers, with not even a paparazzi area, but with open access for pedestrians to walk anywhere and with stars showing up via the backstreets of Chinatown or through the heaving crowds of regular pedestrians in Leicester Square.

Does it still count as a premiere?

Sure, why not. Another one for The Archive of Movie Premieres, then!

Until next time!

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