3 Oct - 'The Counselor (2013)' Premiere

October 3rd, 2013.

Earlier this week I'd already gone to the premiere of "Filth" but just one day later I learned that there was maybe going to be a second premiere in London that week. This almost never happens - premieres are scheduled weeks if not months in advance. Days? Not really. Verging on spurious and unlikely. But the cast list was interesting enough to make it back-breakingly worth taking both cameras in to town for the chance that the slightly-less-than-half of sources who said it was ON were right.

Here's how it went down.

"Tom, I'm standing here on a box in Leicester Square hoping that the 3 out of 7 sources that predicted a premiere here tonight are right. If it had been all 7 it would have been a Panda. Back to you in the studio"

"Tom, I'm standing here on a box in Leicester Square hoping that the 3 out of 7 sources that predicted a premiere here tonight are right. If it had been all 7 it would have been a Panda. Back to you in the studio"

"Can't text you right now. Feel like I'm being watched"

"Can't text you right now. Feel like I'm being watched"

"Cant' listen to you right now. Feel like I'm being watched". I love that mural.

"Cant' listen to you right now. Feel like I'm being watched". I love that mural.

Director Ridley Scott arrives and right away you know this premiere is special : HE'S SMILING. I last photographed him (and got his autograph) (and got Charlize Theron's autograph) at the premiere of "Prometheus"  last year.

Director Ridley Scott arrives and right away you know this premiere is special : HE'S SMILING. I last photographed him (and got his autograph) (and got Charlize Theron's autograph) at the premiere of "Prometheus"  last year.

Ridley Scott looks grimly determined to keep the rain at bay (successfully for the most part). Interestingly, yes, this premiere was sponsored by a clothing manufacturer. Ironically, however, their ad was much more subtle than the giant one for security services (and guard dog patrols) hung right next to the Odeon West End. And there are days I could certainly use a pack of Rottweilers more than an exquisitely tailored suit, so I'm kind of glad I got their number.

Ridley Scott looks grimly determined to keep the rain at bay (successfully for the most part). Interestingly, yes, this premiere was sponsored by a clothing manufacturer. Ironically, however, their ad was much more subtle than the giant one for security services (and guard dog patrols) hung right next to the Odeon West End. And there are days I could certainly use a pack of Rottweilers more than an exquisitely tailored suit, so I'm kind of glad I got their number.

"Can't scratch that itch. Feel like I'm being watched"

"Can't scratch that itch. Feel like I'm being watched"

Really wants the phone number of that security company.

Really wants the phone number of that security company.

Sir Ridley Scott has cast his partner in every movie he's directed since "Gladiator" in 2000. I'm going to have to watch all those movies again to see if I can spot her. (Seriously? She was even in Black Hawk Down??)

Sir Ridley Scott has cast his partner in every movie he's directed since "Gladiator" in 2000. I'm going to have to watch all those movies again to see if I can spot her. (Seriously? She was even in Black Hawk Down??)

Javier Bardem opts for suit and tie, a look that the still-to-arrive Michael Fassbender will one-up with a lack of tie. (I myself am wearing a t-shirt, so I think we've established some kind of hierarchy).

Javier Bardem opts for suit and tie, a look that the still-to-arrive Michael Fassbender will one-up with a lack of tie. (I myself am wearing a t-shirt, so I think we've established some kind of hierarchy).

Damnit, if it were 20 years ago I could make an ace Madonna's Vogue joke right about now. Still, it's a killer pose. Probably more suited to your average Rosie Huntington-Whitely or Scarlett Johansson, but Bardem rocks it.

Damnit, if it were 20 years ago I could make an ace Madonna's Vogue joke right about now. Still, it's a killer pose. Probably more suited to your average Rosie Huntington-Whitely or Scarlett Johansson, but Bardem rocks it.

views on Javier Bardem 'rocking it' may vary.

views on Javier Bardem 'rocking it' may vary.

"Dude, not only does Rock beat Scissors anyway, but scratching your eye isn't Scissors. So deal with it." Michael Fassbender and Javier Bardem on the Red (Blue) Carpet.

"Dude, not only does Rock beat Scissors anyway, but scratching your eye isn't Scissors. So deal with it." Michael Fassbender and Javier Bardem on the Red (Blue) Carpet.

"Javier Bardem's Charisma does not recognise the authority of Rock". OMG. That works on more than one level. Especially since I'm assured that Javier Bardem has gained weight since Skyfall, which was one of the more remarkable premieres I went to last year

"Javier Bardem's Charisma does not recognise the authority of Rock". OMG. That works on more than one level. Especially since I'm assured that Javier Bardem has gained weight since Skyfall, which was one of the more remarkable premieres I went to last year

Friends again. (Because Michael Fassbender's Cool does not take offense at Javier Bardem's charisma. Or superior stubble).

Friends again. (Because Michael Fassbender's Cool does not take offense at Javier Bardem's charisma. Or superior stubble).

Reporter in middle : Please let Michaelf Fassbender still be single when he gets to me Reporter at right : Damnit, there's almost no chance he'll still be single when he gets to me

Reporter in middle : Please let Michaelf Fassbender still be single when he gets to me
Reporter at right : Damnit, there's almost no chance he'll still be single when he gets to me

Every expression Javier Bardem makes can make me laugh. This one is called "Tax Return Folly".

Every expression Javier Bardem makes can make me laugh. This one is called "Tax Return Folly".

I'm not sure who she is, but until Penelope Cruz arrives she's just Keira Knightley-ish enough for me.

I'm not sure who she is, but until Penelope Cruz arrives she's just Keira Knightley-ish enough for me.

That's either Penelope Cruz arriving or a lady four or five streets over wearing a dress.

That's either Penelope Cruz arriving or a lady four or five streets over wearing a dress.

Penelope Cruz arrives, and I've checked today's Metro : her dress has a name, and it's complicated and I can't remember it.

Penelope Cruz arrives, and I've checked today's Metro : her dress has a name, and it's complicated and I can't remember it.

Ooh. Trailing flash (not mine). Still... blurry, therefore art I always say.

Ooh. Trailing flash (not mine). Still... blurry, therefore art I always say.

"With that? I would probably have a white wine sauce". Well, sure.

"With that? I would probably have a white wine sauce". Well, sure.

Javier has won an Oscar, but the lady in the back has my attention.

Javier has won an Oscar, but the lady in the back has my attention.

Somewhat randomly, actress Sigourney Weaver showed up. The connection being that Ridley Scott directed her in the original 'Alien', for which she the starred in the (in my opinion superior) sequel 'Aliens' and got an academy award nomination. So... good times.

Somewhat randomly, actress Sigourney Weaver showed up. The connection being that Ridley Scott directed her in the original 'Alien', for which she the starred in the (in my opinion superior) sequel 'Aliens' and got an academy award nomination. So... good times.

I don't know what the connection between director Tom Hooper (pictured) and director Ridley Scott is (except for the obvious), but he showed up. Hooper won a Best Director Academy Award for "The King's Speech" in 2011, and also more recently directed "Les Miserables which even had a premiere I atteneded

I don't know what the connection between director Tom Hooper (pictured) and director Ridley Scott is (except for the obvious), but he showed up. Hooper won a Best Director Academy Award for "The King's Speech" in 2011, and also more recently directed "Les Miserables which even had a premiere I atteneded

The carpet is mostly clear now, and you can see it's no longer daylight. Winter is coming and nighttime premieres are coming.

The carpet is mostly clear now, and you can see it's no longer daylight. Winter is coming and nighttime premieres are coming.

.. so that was pretty great, actually. Unannounced spot-premiere in London's Leicester Square, and a quick addition to my Archive of Movie Premieres. They should do more of these!

Until next time!