21 Sep - The 'Sicario' Premiere

September 21st, 2015.

Just one day ago I was risking a mild suntan at the world premiere of 'Pan'... one day later I was holding an umbrella over cute Israeli tourists at the premiere of a much less kid-friendly film.

Here's how it went down:

"It's mostly stars from various British reality TV shows showing up" "Are they getting killed on screen? If so... I'm in"

"It's mostly stars from various British reality TV shows showing up"
"Are they getting killed on screen? If so... I'm in"

Emily Blunt is fairly awesome at the best of times.... and now she has an awesome dress on and looks even more awesome, and I'm using the word 'awesome' a hell of a lot more than somebody whose baseball cap isn't on backwards.

Emily Blunt is fairly awesome at the best of times.... and now she has an awesome dress on and looks even more awesome, and I'm using the word 'awesome' a hell of a lot more than somebody whose baseball cap isn't on backwards.

"Fine. You may tell me how pretty I look. In jeans and a t-shirt".

"Fine. You may tell me how pretty I look. In jeans and a t-shirt".

Along with being talented, pretty and variously awesome.... Emily Blunt is also very nice. I've previously photographed her at the premiere of 'The Young Victoria' way back in the day... and last year at the premiere of 'Edge of Tomorrow'. Both movies : Excellent.

Along with being talented, pretty and variously awesome.... Emily Blunt is also very nice. I've previously photographed her at the premiere of 'The Young Victoria' way back in the day... and last year at the premiere of 'Edge of Tomorrow'. Both movies : Excellent.

Rose-coloured chainmail. For when you need Game of Thrones to be both functional AND glamorous.

Rose-coloured chainmail. For when you need Game of Thrones to be both functional AND glamorous.

"Sign my poster! this board! this DVD cover! my hand! your dress! that security dude over there!"

"Sign my poster! this board! this DVD cover! my hand! your dress! that security dude over there!"

"If Benicio ends up not showing up, please promise you'll come back and sign his Oscars picture"

"If Benicio ends up not showing up, please promise you'll come back and sign his Oscars picture"

I don't mind telling you.... I'll keep happily photographing Emily Blunt even if it starts raining 80% harder. Maybe 90%

I don't mind telling you.... I'll keep happily photographing Emily Blunt even if it starts raining 80% harder. Maybe 90%

This is one of the producers of the film. He's not Emily Blunt, so I won't be photographing more of him.

This is one of the producers of the film. He's not Emily Blunt, so I won't be photographing more of him.

"You mean 'signing autographs and posing for selfies ISN'T compulsory' ?"

"You mean 'signing autographs and posing for selfies ISN'T compulsory' ?"

Benicio Del Toro shows up, but he's not Emily Blunt (and he's only won one Oscar).... so.... we'll see if I keep photographing him.

Benicio Del Toro shows up, but he's not Emily Blunt (and he's only won one Oscar).... so.... we'll see if I keep photographing him.

"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen? No... I don't think they'll be turning that into a Marvel-esque universe of fishing films."

"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen? No... I don't think they'll be turning that into a Marvel-esque universe of fishing films."

"It was about this long into filming before we all started calling the film 'Sick Car, Bro'. it became kind of a thing, but the studio wouldn't let us change the name...". Denis Villeneuve directed this movie, and also the excellent 'Prisoners' starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhall. He's not Emily Blunt so it's possible I might not be photographing him at this premiere again. I'm comfortable with my priorities.

"It was about this long into filming before we all started calling the film 'Sick Car, Bro'. it became kind of a thing, but the studio wouldn't let us change the name...". Denis Villeneuve directed this movie, and also the excellent 'Prisoners' starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhall. He's not Emily Blunt so it's possible I might not be photographing him at this premiere again. I'm comfortable with my priorities.

"What do you mean 'It's Cool : Emily Already Signed It??' - really?"

"What do you mean 'It's Cool : Emily Already Signed It??' - really?"

"Being The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy was a lot of fun. I kept the wigs. And the glasses. I'm not wearing either right now". Benicio Del Toro won his Oscar for best supporting actor for traffic in 2000... but I kind of have a soft spot for his performance in the James Bond film 'License to Kill'

"Being The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy was a lot of fun. I kept the wigs. And the glasses. I'm not wearing either right now". Benicio Del Toro won his Oscar for best supporting actor for traffic in 2000... but I kind of have a soft spot for his performance in the James Bond film 'License to Kill'

Benicio Del Toro's vaguely surprised expression enters its fourth or fifth autograph.

Benicio Del Toro's vaguely surprised expression enters its fourth or fifth autograph.

"I was not in that film. Or if I was I don't remember. If you want me to appraise the Poster you're holding as a design, I recommend you get your own Art History and Criticism Degree".

"I was not in that film. Or if I was I don't remember. If you want me to appraise the Poster you're holding as a design, I recommend you get your own Art History and Criticism Degree".

In the absence of Emily Blunt or Benicio Del Toro to photograph - here's Richard Hammond, formerly of 'Top Gear' fame.

In the absence of Emily Blunt or Benicio Del Toro to photograph - here's Richard Hammond, formerly of 'Top Gear' fame.

"Check out these guns. Are you saying I can't be the next Bond after Daniel Craig bows out?"

"Check out these guns. Are you saying I can't be the next Bond after Daniel Craig bows out?"

"I'll do one round of high-fives, then one of low-fives, and then I really have to go inside"

"I'll do one round of high-fives, then one of low-fives, and then I really have to go inside"

Rather amazingly, our part of the crowd was told that if we wanted to stay and watch the film, they'd actually be giving out free tickets to see the movie as they had some surplus leftovers!! That hardly NEVER happens (though weirdly it did happen for 'Edge of Tomorrow' so I'd definitely like to imply that Emily Blunt has twice asked me to watch a movie with her.

"Please don't pirate this movie. Also don't say anything negative about it. And if you don't like the free crisps provided, that's not our fault. Other than that... enjoy the flm!!"

"Please don't pirate this movie. Also don't say anything negative about it. And if you don't like the free crisps provided, that's not our fault. Other than that... enjoy the flm!!"

So... that was kind of great! I did enjoy the movie - not quite what I expected (slightly more disquieting than I was prepared for, even for a movie about drug smuggling in the USA if that can be believed), but certainly impressive.

(This promo was not paid for... but may have been influenced by freeness).

(On wich note : Dear Disney : why not try to see if you can get me to be even *slightly* optimistic about the upcoming Star Wars film? You know... after having a marketing plan that involves bludgeoning people with merchandise on sale a quarter of a year before the film release? I'll tell you when you can stop delivering dumptrucks full of money at my place)

Anyway : good times with freeness with thanks to Lionsgate. And another movie for my "Archive of Movie Premieres"

Until next time!

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