20 Oct - The 'Jack Reacher : Never Go Back' European Premiere

October 20th, 2016.

Even I can't believe I'm writing this, but... for the (frankly startling) SIXTEENTH -and final- consecutive day, I was able to photograph a premiere in London, and it was a big one to finish off the sequence.

And .... well... even I know the drill by now. Here's how it went down:

The journey to this premiere started very early. 6:30am to put my name at #28 on a list that, when I returned later, translated itself via some strange reverse-alchemy into a wristband proudly emblazoned with #86. It's a kind of magic, ... just not the kind I prefer.

The journey to this premiere started very early. 6:30am to put my name at #28 on a list that, when I returned later, translated itself via some strange reverse-alchemy into a wristband proudly emblazoned with #86. It's a kind of magic, ... just not the kind I prefer.

"I know we're preparing for Mr Cruise's imminent arrival, but I'm in with a serious chance of beating my high score on this game..." - somehow, hours and hours later, my #86 wristband translated itself into a front-row spot in the main pen of the premiere, roughly in the centre of the long carpet. Good spot? Who knew...

"I know we're preparing for Mr Cruise's imminent arrival, but I'm in with a serious chance of beating my high score on this game..." - somehow, hours and hours later, my #86 wristband translated itself into a front-row spot in the main pen of the premiere, roughly in the centre of the long carpet. Good spot? Who knew...

The list for this event ran to four pages, but of those the vast majority were dancers from a reality show, actors from a reality show, and bandmembers of bands I hadn't previously heard of but whose hairstyles would probably prove to be wildly bouffont-like and impenetrable.

The list for this event ran to four pages, but of those the vast majority were dancers from a reality show, actors from a reality show, and bandmembers of bands I hadn't previously heard of but whose hairstyles would probably prove to be wildly bouffont-like and impenetrable.

Sure, premieres draw lots of professional photographers, but of the second-tier amateurs, it looked like the flag would be flown by myself and Puerto Rican Johnny Depp across from me.

Sure, premieres draw lots of professional photographers, but of the second-tier amateurs, it looked like the flag would be flown by myself and Puerto Rican Johnny Depp across from me.

Replica Top Gun helmet, dating back to a time when Tom Cruise, far from being the superstar he is now, still needed a character's name to tell him what his character's personality was in order to nail the part :)

Replica Top Gun helmet, dating back to a time when Tom Cruise, far from being the superstar he is now, still needed a character's name to tell him what his character's personality was in order to nail the part :)

"My hair senses something. A presence it's not felt since... since....?" I think "Mission Impossible Rogue Nation" was the last time I photographed Tom Cruise, and before that it was at the fantastic "Edge of Tomorrow"

"My hair senses something. A presence it's not felt since... since....?" I think "Mission Impossible Rogue Nation" was the last time I photographed Tom Cruise, and before that it was at the fantastic "Edge of Tomorrow"

"Yo - wake up from your snooze /  we're looking for some news / on the where's of Mr Cruise!!" - your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ Prodigal-Son were in the house for this event.

"Yo - wake up from your snooze /  we're looking for some news / on the where's of Mr Cruise!!" - your good friend and mine Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ Prodigal-Son were in the house for this event.

"What's it like working with one of the biggest stars on the planet? Oh. Wait. That would be you..." - first to arrive as usual, in order to intersperse interviewing and posing duties with his habit of signing autographs for everyone, was Tom Cruise himself.

"What's it like working with one of the biggest stars on the planet? Oh. Wait. That would be you..." - first to arrive as usual, in order to intersperse interviewing and posing duties with his habit of signing autographs for everyone, was Tom Cruise himself.

"Yo - I'm looking for a character I wrote as a seven-foot musclebound goliath who walks almost invisibly.... which against all logic and likelihod Tom Cruise has totally aced portraying. Anyone seen him?" - author Lee Child, who has written 18 Jack Reacher books and counting.

"Yo - I'm looking for a character I wrote as a seven-foot musclebound goliath who walks almost invisibly.... which against all logic and likelihod Tom Cruise has totally aced portraying. Anyone seen him?" - author Lee Child, who has written 18 Jack Reacher books and counting.

"No, seriously. Have you seen him? I think one of us owes the other money"

"No, seriously. Have you seen him? I think one of us owes the other money"

"Must.... bend.... space.... and... .time.... to.... take....... selfie"

"Must.... bend.... space.... and... .time.... to.... take....... selfie"

"Your novels sell by the millions. Got any storytelling advice for bloggers, tweeters, and people who mostly write in emojis?"

"Your novels sell by the millions. Got any storytelling advice for bloggers, tweeters, and people who mostly write in emojis?"

It's Tom Cruise, and dozens and dozens of people looking at Tom Cruise!

It's Tom Cruise, and dozens and dozens of people looking at Tom Cruise!

"I've got him! I'm holding on to him and never letting him go, EVER! Unless... you know.. kidnapping is still a crime. It is? Really??? Oh..."

"I've got him! I'm holding on to him and never letting him go, EVER! Unless... you know.. kidnapping is still a crime. It is? Really??? Oh..."

Tom Cruise's dual assistants rove ahead of their boss, asking people to prepare things to get signed (limit : 1 per person at this stage), and also hand over cameras so they can take a photo of you with Tom Cruise.

Tom Cruise's dual assistants rove ahead of their boss, asking people to prepare things to get signed (limit : 1 per person at this stage), and also hand over cameras so they can take a photo of you with Tom Cruise.

Quick aside : Back at athe premiere of the movie "Oblivion" I inadvertently possibly became the only person *ever* to *not* get Tom Cruise's autograph at a premiere when he was dragged into the cinema already some 15mins late to the screening and bodily dragged away by his PA. Today my spot was much better and I was standing right next to Master Autograph Hunter (and personal sensei) Mo. Would the most inevitable lightning fail to strike during the second heavy thunderstorm twice? (And also... I don't do selfies).

"I don't like the idea of snubbing anyone, let alone twice. And yet, I do respect long-standing traditions...."~ Well, this could get emotionally complex for both of us.

"I don't like the idea of snubbing anyone, let alone twice. And yet, I do respect long-standing traditions...."~
Well, this could get emotionally complex for both of us.

"Ed's defence mechanism might be to look daunting, but he's actually really nice. He'll sign for you later". Edward Zwick directed Tom Cruise in 'The Last Samurai' and also directed the under-the-radar (but actually quite decent) Daniel Craig WW2 movie "Defiance" back in 2008  (and he DID indeed return to sign and pose).

"Ed's defence mechanism might be to look daunting, but he's actually really nice. He'll sign for you later". Edward Zwick directed Tom Cruise in 'The Last Samurai' and also directed the under-the-radar (but actually quite decent) Daniel Craig WW2 movie "Defiance" back in 2008
 (and he DID indeed return to sign and pose).

"What was it like working with a consummate professional, a cheerful upbeat daily presence, a guaranteed box-office draw, a fearless actor who insists on doing most of his own stunts and one of the nicest people on the planet. Actually... that question answers itself. How about... what's like whenever you're working on a movie that DOESN'T have Tom Cruise in it??"

"What was it like working with a consummate professional, a cheerful upbeat daily presence, a guaranteed box-office draw, a fearless actor who insists on doing most of his own stunts and one of the nicest people on the planet. Actually... that question answers itself. How about... what's like whenever you're working on a movie that DOESN'T have Tom Cruise in it??"

"I'm not going to tell you writing a novel isn't difficult..... even though I am averaging one published every year, and the next one's due next month....."

"I'm not going to tell you writing a novel isn't difficult..... even though I am averaging one published every year, and the next one's due next month....."

"You write an internet blog? That's sweet. Tell me when you sell the movie rights." ....and I want Lupita Nyong'o to play me.

"You write an internet blog? That's sweet. Tell me when you sell the movie rights." ....and I want Lupita Nyong'o to play me.

"I hope that at least the feathered collar is keeping you warm??" - Danika Yarosh is best known for being in Heroes : Reborn, but I suppose imdb is going to imminently upgrade that to Jack Reacher : Never Go Back.

"I hope that at least the feathered collar is keeping you warm??" - Danika Yarosh is best known for being in Heroes : Reborn, but I suppose imdb is going to imminently upgrade that to Jack Reacher : Never Go Back.

"Am I regretting my dress choice? Not at all... I stopped feeling anything about twenty minutes ago"

"Am I regretting my dress choice? Not at all... I stopped feeling anything about twenty minutes ago"

"Stairs, huh - need any help?" "No. And sadly, this is one of those rare Jack Reacher related problems that can't be solved through the application of sudden and brutal violence"

"Stairs, huh - need any help?"
"No. And sadly, this is one of those rare Jack Reacher related problems that can't be solved through the application of sudden and brutal violence"

"You like the dress? Sadly for me on this cold London evening, the holes -while stylish- are fully functional."

"You like the dress? Sadly for me on this cold London evening, the holes -while stylish- are fully functional."

"Is that your first name,  your second name, or should I just write it twice?" - Cobie Smulders is probably best known as The Avengers' (and/or S.H.I.E.L.D.'s) Agent Maria Hill. I photographed her at the premiere back in 2012.

"Is that your first name,  your second name, or should I just write it twice?" - Cobie Smulders is probably best known as The Avengers' (and/or S.H.I.E.L.D.'s) Agent Maria Hill. I photographed her at the premiere back in 2012.

"Don't be alarmed, folks. It's just Tom Cruise coming through..."

"Don't be alarmed, folks. It's just Tom Cruise coming through..."

Director Edward Zwick and I share a moment. Again... grateful, of course. But it's never me and Amy Adams or Scarlett Johansson. What's with that??

Director Edward Zwick and I share a moment. Again... grateful, of course. But it's never me and Amy Adams or Scarlett Johansson. What's with that??

"The dress is stunning, sure. But the lace is 1:1 scale lace, and lace's thermal properties are mostly limited to silkworms. And they carry it internally." I guess I could offer her my jacket or beanie. But her dress is blue and there'd be a clash. And that would be bad.

"The dress is stunning, sure. But the lace is 1:1 scale lace, and lace's thermal properties are mostly limited to silkworms. And they carry it internally." I guess I could offer her my jacket or beanie. But her dress is blue and there'd be a clash. And that would be bad.

"What if I started signing autographs left-handed? Would anyone notice if the squiggle was slightly differently shaped?"

"What if I started signing autographs left-handed? Would anyone notice if the squiggle was slightly differently shaped?"

"So I'll make this out to..... wow. You sure do have a lot of friends called 'ebay'..."

"So I'll make this out to..... wow. You sure do have a lot of friends called 'ebay'..."

"Wait -- YOU'RE EBAY?"

"Wait -- YOU'RE EBAY?"

So... that was that. A sixteen day period of at least one premiere every day, no breaks, starting with 12 days of BFI London Film Festival ending last Sunday, then four premieres in four days from Monday night on. Tomorrow is Friday and the next premiere is... Monday. And it's for Marvel's Dr Strange, which is in no way going to be a small event.

I plan to sleep quite a bit between now and then and not care too much about things.

Until next time!

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Oh, and....

I got signatures from both Tom Cruise AND Lee Child. ...There may also be a selfie somewhere on my camera's memory card too, but don't believe it.

I got signatures from both Tom Cruise AND Lee Child.
...There may also be a selfie somewhere on my camera's memory card too, but don't believe it.