13 Aug - 'The Expendables II' premiere

A mere one (1) day after the end of 16 days on more or less non-stop photography I embarked on during the "London 2012 Olympics" , guess what? London had its first premiere for over two weeks!

And it some pretty big stars I hadn't previously photographed were in attendance. Here's how it went down:

No matter how much 'Teh Awesome' the cast of this film is, I can not believe that NOBODY at the studio went "No women on the poster? Or presumably in the film? Not even ONE?". I mean, where is Scarlett Johansson or Kate Beckinsale when you need them?

No matter how much 'Teh Awesome' the cast of this film is, I can not believe that NOBODY at the studio went "No women on the poster? Or presumably in the film? Not even ONE?". I mean, where is Scarlett Johansson or Kate Beckinsale when you need them?

"Jeff, this is not an outside broadcast. It's an intervention with military backing and its reason is this: stop wearing those stupid checked shirts"

"Jeff, this is not an outside broadcast. It's an intervention with military backing and its reason is this: stop wearing those stupid checked shirts"

Scott Adkins was apparently in The Bourne Ultimatum, and is allegedly in this film also. Sorry - I thought membership of this film was limited to semi-retired action stars of the '80s and '90s, aged in their 50s and 60s?

Scott Adkins was apparently in The Bourne Ultimatum, and is allegedly in this film also. Sorry - I thought membership of this film was limited to semi-retired action stars of the '80s and '90s, aged in their 50s and 60s?

Take this guy for example : this guy now does beer ads!!

Take this guy for example : this guy now does beer ads!!

To be fair, Jean-Claude Van Damme's beer ads are excellent. Possibly even worth youtube-ing.

To be fair, Jean-Claude Van Damme's beer ads are excellent. Possibly even worth youtube-ing.

Director Simon West also did Con Air, so I can forgive Tomb Raider 1, and to a lesser extent The Mechanic. Though that had J-Stath in it, so I'm pretty cool with that. (I'm trying to make "J-Stath" into a thing....)

Director Simon West also did Con Air, so I can forgive Tomb Raider 1, and to a lesser extent The Mechanic. Though that had J-Stath in it, so I'm pretty cool with that. (I'm trying to make "J-Stath" into a thing....)

"I haven't posed without a shirt like that since 1985...." . Dolph Lundgren was superb in the seminal classic Rocky IV. Yeah... I said it. And meant it.

"I haven't posed without a shirt like that since 1985...." . Dolph Lundgren was superb in the seminal classic Rocky IV. Yeah... I said it. And meant it.

I don't care how much it costs (or indeed who they are): these two need to be in EVERY MOVIE that's being made. Bollywood. Documentaries about oil spills. Even Dreamworks Animated features about raccoons.

I don't care how much it costs (or indeed who they are): these two need to be in EVERY MOVIE that's being made. Bollywood. Documentaries about oil spills. Even Dreamworks Animated features about raccoons.

The patron saint of balding white men, St Jason of Statham. He and Dolph Lundgren were the only two to sign in our area. Did he sign my journal? Yes he did. Last photographed at the premiere of "Safe"

The patron saint of balding white men, St Jason of Statham. He and Dolph Lundgren were the only two to sign in our area. Did he sign my journal? Yes he did. Last photographed at the premiere of "Safe"

Jason Statham is momentarily taken off guard by seeing reflection of himself in the mirror. Wait, no. That's ME! Bound to happen... inevitable, really.

Jason Statham is momentarily taken off guard by seeing reflection of himself in the mirror. Wait, no. That's ME! Bound to happen... inevitable, really.

So then this guy shows up. Former politician I hear....?

So then this guy shows up. Former politician I hear....?

I won't lie. Photographing at this premiere was a bit of a thrill, though having to recompose and fight the autofocus between each of the wannabe commandoes was equally a distraction...

I won't lie. Photographing at this premiere was a bit of a thrill, though having to recompose and fight the autofocus between each of the wannabe commandoes was equally a distraction...

"So we're heard that for the 'Twins' sequel you're going Method for the job of being conjoined at the head with Wesley Snipes or Eddie Murphy?" "Yeah. I'm practicing with my security dude all week.."

"So we're heard that for the 'Twins' sequel you're going Method for the job of being conjoined at the head with Wesley Snipes or Eddie Murphy?"
"Yeah. I'm practicing with my security dude all week.."

And then THIS guy showed up. Apparently he pretended to be a boxer, once?

And then THIS guy showed up. Apparently he pretended to be a boxer, once?

"Yo Adrien... I am the law. And all that. You know how it goes".

"Yo Adrien... I am the law. And all that. You know how it goes".

"....."

"....."

"Sign something!!! Anything!! PLEEEEEEASE!!!"

"Sign something!!! Anything!! PLEEEEEEASE!!!"

So there you go. And in a couple of days, there'll be another one.

Does it join The Archive of Movie Premieres? Yes, yes it does.

Until next time!

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