14 Sep - The 'Real Steel' premiere

September 14th, 2011.

A mere 24 hours earlier I'd been as the BFI Southbank for the premiere of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and now it was Leicester Square's turn.

Here's how it went down.

Movie premieres (with carpets and barriers and security guards and EVERYTHING) are back in Leicester Square even if just this once. Good times! The movie : something about boxing robots. ("Compelling": Me)

Movie premieres (with carpets and barriers and security guards and EVERYTHING) are back in Leicester Square even if just this once. Good times! The movie : something about boxing robots. ("Compelling": Me)

This is one of the robots in the film. Well, when I say 'robot' in this context we're talking a statue in a perspex box. But you know... willing suspension of disbelief and everything..

This is one of the robots in the film. Well, when I say 'robot' in this context we're talking a statue in a perspex box. But you know... willing suspension of disbelief and everything..

OMG : It's Yellow Cap-less Guy!! (now with added patriotism in the form of a Union Jack T-shirt)

OMG : It's Yellow Cap-less Guy!! (now with added patriotism in the form of a Union Jack T-shirt)

Hugh Jackman? Likes the way you tie your jumper around your pants.

Hugh Jackman? Likes the way you tie your jumper around your pants.

Hugh Jackman? Also likes the look of your list (sadly, Evangeline Lily - the female lead - did not attend) (even more sadly, Scarlett Johansson - who has no connection to this film whatsoever - also did not)

Hugh Jackman? Also likes the look of your list (sadly, Evangeline Lily - the female lead - did not attend) (even more sadly, Scarlett Johansson - who has no connection to this film whatsoever - also did not)

An early arrival. This particular robot actually was free-walking and everything! But what's probably most surprising is that he was carted around by a human driving him. *In other words, note what I'm telling you: The enslavement of humanity HAS BEGUN.* Don't even bother going to work tomorrow. It's over.

An early arrival. This particular robot actually was free-walking and everything! But what's probably most surprising is that he was carted around by a human driving him. *In other words, note what I'm telling you: The enslavement of humanity HAS BEGUN.* Don't even bother going to work tomorrow. It's over.

Robot : "I know now why you cry" Reporter : "Is that water?" Robot :"No, it's lighter fluid. Can I borrow a match?". (In truth, this was a rather remarkable machine - walking up and down the blue carpet spouting movie quotes and theme songs - very entertaining. Also possibly not murderous )

Robot : "I know now why you cry"
Reporter : "Is that water?"
Robot :"No, it's lighter fluid. Can I borrow a match?".

(In truth, this was a rather remarkable machine - walking up and down the blue carpet spouting movie quotes and theme songs - very entertaining. Also possibly not murderous )

"We have already taken over most of your cities, and by the time this day is out, Skynet will rule ALL!!! Wait... is this thing on?"

"We have already taken over most of your cities, and by the time this day is out, Skynet will rule ALL!!! Wait... is this thing on?"

You know, somehow, I always kind of knew it would end like this. (Avenge me, Camera!!!

You know, somehow, I always kind of knew it would end like this. (Avenge me, Camera!!!

Because everybody in this film premiere is either male or robot, here's a token female shot (sigh. remember last week, when it was Charlize Theron / Melissa George / Angelina Jolie on consecutive days? I do, but only barely)

Because everybody in this film premiere is either male or robot, here's a token female shot (sigh. remember last week, when it was Charlize Theron / Melissa George / Angelina Jolie on consecutive days? I do, but only barely)

I had to go to Wireimage to find out this guy was Franck Leboeuf. I then had to go to wikipedia to find out who Franck Leboeuf is and whether his first name really had a 'c' in it (it does). But the one thing I can't figure out is : why is he at this premiere? (That, and why is he pointing above and to the left?)

I had to go to Wireimage to find out this guy was Franck Leboeuf. I then had to go to wikipedia to find out who Franck Leboeuf is and whether his first name really had a 'c' in it (it does). But the one thing I can't figure out is : why is he at this premiere? (That, and why is he pointing above and to the left?)

"I just want to say one more thing : I think Australia can win the Rugby World Cup". Surprisingly, the crowd actually took that rather well.

"I just want to say one more thing : I think Australia can win the Rugby World Cup". Surprisingly, the crowd actually took that rather well.

Backlit Hugh Jackman looking awesome. (I'm calling it 'awesome' to hide the fact that my spot in the crowd was poorly chosen by me : it was facing INTO the sun. Rookie error) (By which I mean, I call it 'Art' and am backing this hole I'm digging myself into by uploading the shot....)

Backlit Hugh Jackman looking awesome. (I'm calling it 'awesome' to hide the fact that my spot in the crowd was poorly chosen by me : it was facing INTO the sun. Rookie error) (By which I mean, I call it 'Art' and am backing this hole I'm digging myself into by uploading the shot....)

Boxer Amir Khan. If this the same one as on wikipedia, then he's currently the unified IBF and WBA World Light Welterweight Champion and the photo on wikipedia is from when he was about 14 years old. (No need to tell him I said that).

Boxer Amir Khan. If this the same one as on wikipedia, then he's currently the unified IBF and WBA World Light Welterweight Champion and the photo on wikipedia is from when he was about 14 years old. (No need to tell him I said that).

Director Shawn Levy also directed the movies of the 'Night at the Museum' Franchise. I've heard him speak and he's awesomely hyperactive in a John Barrowman + Redbull way. (I realise, this description requires you to know who John Barrowman is. It also helps if you know that John Barrowman also sounds like John Barrowman + Redbull).

Director Shawn Levy also directed the movies of the 'Night at the Museum' Franchise. I've heard him speak and he's awesomely hyperactive in a John Barrowman + Redbull way. (I realise, this description requires you to know who John Barrowman is. It also helps if you know that John Barrowman also sounds like John Barrowman + Redbull).

This is The Kid In The Movie. I've forgotten his name, but I think the surname is "Goyo" or something. There... that should all but ensure he's a future Robert De Niro so I can be embarrassed by this comment in the future.

This is The Kid In The Movie. I've forgotten his name, but I think the surname is "Goyo" or something. There... that should all but ensure he's a future Robert De Niro so I can be embarrassed by this comment in the future.

"Okay. You little cockroaches... come on. You wanna play games? Okay, I play with you; come on" Cool expression, shame about the delivery, kid (incidentally, Mr Goyo also played Young Thor in the recent Marvel movie "THOR")

"Okay. You little cockroaches... come on. You wanna play games? Okay, I play with you; come on" Cool expression, shame about the delivery, kid (incidentally, Mr Goyo also played Young Thor in the recent Marvel movie "THOR")

Two of the producers, whom wireimage has thankfully identified as Susan Montford and Don Murphy, because imdb lists 12 producers associated with the movie. (That said, two of them are Stephen Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis and I would have recognised those)

Two of the producers, whom wireimage has thankfully identified as Susan Montford and Don Murphy, because imdb lists 12 producers associated with the movie. (That said, two of them are Stephen Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis and I would have recognised those)

Another director of another movie is Tom Hooper, who recently (meaning : earlier this year) won an Academy Award for Directing The King's Speech. But why was he here? Good question. Why are ANY of us here, though?

Another director of another movie is Tom Hooper, who recently (meaning : earlier this year) won an Academy Award for Directing The King's Speech. But why was he here? Good question. Why are ANY of us here, though?

"I just told him that as a respected celebrity, I would be useful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves. Or something" "HA HA HA HA HA" "Can I go now?" "YES"

"I just told him that as a respected celebrity, I would be useful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves. Or something"
"HA HA HA HA HA"
"Can I go now?"
"YES"

(Speaking through unmoving mouth) "Barry!! Hurry!! This is exactly how I want those guys at Madam Tussaud's to sculpt me. Get on it : I'm not moving until this pose is captured forever". And it *is* a magnificent pose

(Speaking through unmoving mouth) "Barry!! Hurry!! This is exactly how I want those guys at Madam Tussaud's to sculpt me. Get on it : I'm not moving until this pose is captured forever". And it *is* a magnificent pose

I didn't pose with Hugh but the people on either side did. It's not my thing, and think it may have confused him - but then I think he probably isn't the kind of guy who'd dwell on that. You know, what with the movie career and everything.

I didn't pose with Hugh but the people on either side did. It's not my thing, and think it may have confused him - but then I think he probably isn't the kind of guy who'd dwell on that. You know, what with the movie career and everything.

Shawn Levy drops by to sign some autographs and pose. Sadly, he is backlit as I think you can notice from a lot of these photos. By which I mean.... "art"

Shawn Levy drops by to sign some autographs and pose. Sadly, he is backlit as I think you can notice from a lot of these photos. By which I mean.... "art"

"Shawn! Your giant robot is picking a fight with the popcorn machine! Hurry!!!" "Put ten dollars on the popcorn machine to win. Our robot mostly just cries and plays music from his inbuilt MP3 player"

"Shawn! Your giant robot is picking a fight with the popcorn machine! Hurry!!!"
"Put ten dollars on the popcorn machine to win. Our robot mostly just cries and plays music from his inbuilt MP3 player"

And that? Was the *"Real Steel"* Premiere.

Does it join The Archive of Movie Premieres? Baby? it already has!

Until next time!

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