8 July - The 'Incredibles 2' Premiere

July 8th, 2018.

It was a sunny and hot Sunday, and trackwork on my already massively unreliable train line meant that I could only get in to London around 11am, many hours behind the fans'n'dealers for this rarest of things : A Disney Premiere in London. And though I did get a wristband to get into a public pen, the BFI Southbank location had an even better spot available for photographers outside the event itself.

Here's how it went down:

 Disney premieres are so rare in London that security might *actually* have taken the unprecedented step of instructing fans and dealers to behave, and be cheerful, so as not to discourage the company from providing London with more!

Disney premieres are so rare in London that security might *actually* have taken the unprecedented step of instructing fans and dealers to behave, and be cheerful, so as not to discourage the company from providing London with more!

 'Pod'-branded paper-bag being used as a hat in London. It'll catch on elsewhere, eventually.

'Pod'-branded paper-bag being used as a hat in London. It'll catch on elsewhere, eventually.

  "Yoyoyoyoyo! And if anyone can do a better job finding a rhyme for "Incredibles 2" than "Inedible Tofu", you have my respect"  - your friend and mine, Hakeem Mr Impact and 'DJ Mis-Spelled Ink Readable As Well' provided warmup duties on a day where direct sunlight certainly did enough warming already.

"Yoyoyoyoyo! And if anyone can do a better job finding a rhyme for "Incredibles 2" than "Inedible Tofu", you have my respect" - your friend and mine, Hakeem Mr Impact and 'DJ Mis-Spelled Ink Readable As Well' provided warmup duties on a day where direct sunlight certainly did enough warming already.

  "You want a frozen fruit popsicle? The scissors I'm carrying aren't meant to imply the offer is a threat, by the way."  - they also handed out free bottled water to fans. Horror films love people fainting at screenings - that's good press. But for family-friendly animated films less so.

"You want a frozen fruit popsicle? The scissors I'm carrying aren't meant to imply the offer is a threat, by the way." - they also handed out free bottled water to fans. Horror films love people fainting at screenings - that's good press. But for family-friendly animated films less so.

 Our first of two Incredibles 2 cast arrivals at this event : Samuel L Jackson! I last photographed him at last year's    "Kong : Skull Island"    premiere but a quick look at his imdb.com entry reveals what we all know : he's been in A LOT of films.

Our first of two Incredibles 2 cast arrivals at this event : Samuel L Jackson! I last photographed him at last year's "Kong : Skull Island" premiere but a quick look at his imdb.com entry reveals what we all know : he's been in A LOT of films.

  "Of course, most of the fans want you to sign Star Wars prequel crap, but one guy did bring an imitation 'Bad Motherf---er" wallet for you autograph"  - at    last year's prop house auction in London   , one of the original wallets from Pulp Fiction went for a princely £50,000!!

"Of course, most of the fans want you to sign Star Wars prequel crap, but one guy did bring an imitation 'Bad Motherf---er" wallet for you autograph" - at last year's prop house auction in London, one of the original wallets from Pulp Fiction went for a princely £50,000!!

 Samuel L Jackson is almost certainly several orders of magnitude too cool to be instructed where to stand, but carefully guiding him to a spot on the carpet is possible.

Samuel L Jackson is almost certainly several orders of magnitude too cool to be instructed where to stand, but carefully guiding him to a spot on the carpet is possible.

  "And once again not one of you brought "Patriot Games" or "Long Kiss Goodnight" Merch for me to sign.... very disappointing"

"And once again not one of you brought "Patriot Games" or "Long Kiss Goodnight" Merch for me to sign.... very disappointing"

  "The writing on this is incredibly small. What on earth am I signing up for?"  - my local photo developing place now defines in-store photo development as a SERVICE that needs to be compulsorily signed up for with a valid email address and phone number. I believe I told them my email address is  'effoff@noway.com' ....

"The writing on this is incredibly small. What on earth am I signing up for?" - my local photo developing place now defines in-store photo development as a SERVICE that needs to be compulsorily signed up for with a valid email address and phone number. I believe I told them my email address is 'effoff@noway.com'....

  "You guys are good. They should totally use you to do a live-action version of this animated movie, if they get around to doing that."  And being Disney you know they will get around to doing that.

"You guys are good. They should totally use you to do a live-action version of this animated movie, if they get around to doing that." And being Disney you know they will get around to doing that.

  "One cautious fist-bump, but that's all."  - Samuel L Jackson meets Frozone, the voice he plays in The Incredibles.

"One cautious fist-bump, but that's all." - Samuel L Jackson meets Frozone, the voice he plays in The Incredibles.

  "Okay. Fine. Maybe your butt does look better in the blue suit than mine would. But this movie is fully animated, so..."

"Okay. Fine. Maybe your butt does look better in the blue suit than mine would. But this movie is fully animated, so..."

  "No. First you compliment my hat, then I answer questions. That's how we're doing this" . It's a good hat, and a great t-shirt.

"No. First you compliment my hat, then I answer questions. That's how we're doing this". It's a good hat, and a great t-shirt.

  "Absolutely, there's a story behind every tattoo on my arm. Now guess how many of those stories start with "so I was in the pub, drinking with my friends...." "  I don't know who this is.

"Absolutely, there's a story behind every tattoo on my arm. Now guess how many of those stories start with "so I was in the pub, drinking with my friends...." " I don't know who this is.

  "No, I don't think any one of you is particularly well-dressed. Even if it's above thirty degrees celsius, I'm wearing a black jacket. One must make sacrifices for fashion, darlings"

"No, I don't think any one of you is particularly well-dressed. Even if it's above thirty degrees celsius, I'm wearing a black jacket. One must make sacrifices for fashion, darlings"

  "The spandex is slimming, but I'm not sure about the hairstyle"  - Holly Hunter plays (the voice of the) (pictured) Elastigirl in the film.

"The spandex is slimming, but I'm not sure about the hairstyle" - Holly Hunter plays (the voice of the) (pictured) Elastigirl in the film.

 Random(ish) attendee : former tennis number one Billie Jean King, hugging Holly Hunter. I photographed her at last year's    BFI London Film Festival premiere for "Battle of the Sexes".

Random(ish) attendee : former tennis number one Billie Jean King, hugging Holly Hunter. I photographed her at last year's BFI London Film Festival premiere for "Battle of the Sexes".

  "The pecs are impressive, but you'd want to be leaner for long distance running"  Mo Farah (far left) is a quadruple Olympic Gold medallist (5000m and 10000m in 2012 and 2016)

"The pecs are impressive, but you'd want to be leaner for long distance running" Mo Farah (far left) is a quadruple Olympic Gold medallist (5000m and 10000m in 2012 and 2016)

 Holly Hunter won a Best Actress Oscar for "The Piano" in 1994, but the last time I saw her cinematically was when a bomb at the US Capitol sprayed her with Lex Luthor's urine before killing her in DC's    "Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice"   .  Never forget, people : that movie and that scene in that movie HAPPENED.

Holly Hunter won a Best Actress Oscar for "The Piano" in 1994, but the last time I saw her cinematically was when a bomb at the US Capitol sprayed her with Lex Luthor's urine before killing her in DC's "Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice".
Never forget, people : that movie and that scene in that movie HAPPENED.

  "It wasn't piss.... but it wasn't Granny's Peach Ice Tea either"

"It wasn't piss.... but it wasn't Granny's Peach Ice Tea either"

  "You sure you've got that angle right, dude? I can move back a bit further if you want."

"You sure you've got that angle right, dude? I can move back a bit further if you want."

  "Who are you again?" "Samuel L Jackson. I'm in the same movie" "But not the same recording soundbooth as I was when read my dialogue." "Well, no...."

"Who are you again?"
"Samuel L Jackson. I'm in the same movie"
"But not the same recording soundbooth as I was when read my dialogue."
"Well, no...."

  "Okay, we've just figured out that we were in the same movie together. Feel free to photograph us"

"Okay, we've just figured out that we were in the same movie together. Feel free to photograph us"

  "Love your work, man. I own everything you've ever done".  This comment would be even cooler if Samuel L Jackson was saying it to Hakeem Mr Impact.

"Love your work, man. I own everything you've ever done". This comment would be even cooler if Samuel L Jackson was saying it to Hakeem Mr Impact.

  "I don't want to alarm you, but I think Elastigirl is starting to wilt a little in this heat..."

"I don't want to alarm you, but I think Elastigirl is starting to wilt a little in this heat..."

  "It doesn't matter what flavour tea it was, okay? Just ask me questions about THIS movie"

"It doesn't matter what flavour tea it was, okay? Just ask me questions about THIS movie"

  "We're done? Okay, I'm outta here!"

"We're done? Okay, I'm outta here!"

So... that was that. A pretty nice way to spend a hot day in town, enjoy some decent photography, and not be too stressed about it all. Thanks for the premiere, Disney... and I won't ask about Ant-Man and The Wasp as long as I've got +1 to add to the Archive of Movie premieres.

Until next time!

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