9 Dec 2014 - 'The Theory of Everything' Premiere

December 9th, 2014.

In a rather strange development, a small premiere scheduled for the Vue Cinema in Leicester Square got an 'upgrade' to a much much larger space - the Odeon Leicester Square. This doesn't happen a lot, and to me it sounds like a bet that a movie is bigger than first planned.

Whether this might or might not be the case, not only were the stars of the movie expected, but so was the SUBJECT - Professor Stephen Hawking.

Here's how it went down:

The time is barely past noon and unlke (say) last week's World Premiere of The Hobbit : Battle of the Five Armies, it seemed nobody was camping out for this one. Surprising - who knew physics students didn't camp for movie queues?

The time is barely past noon and unlke (say) last week's World Premiere of The Hobbit : Battle of the Five Armies, it seemed nobody was camping out for this one. Surprising - who knew physics students didn't camp for movie queues?

Flash forward a few hours, and right now I'm looking across the not-yet-laid carpet, noting at least one of the attendees, and wondering whether maybe I should get something warm to drink. Non-alcoholic... I don't think anyone's selling Gluhwein around here.

Flash forward a few hours, and right now I'm looking across the not-yet-laid carpet, noting at least one of the attendees, and wondering whether maybe I should get something warm to drink. Non-alcoholic... I don't think anyone's selling Gluhwein around here.

I can't remember the last premiere that a world-famous theoretical physicist and cosmologist occupied Spot #1 on The List of Attendees... but we'll see next week, when they've scheduled "Night At The Museum III"

I can't remember the last premiere that a world-famous theoretical physicist and cosmologist occupied Spot #1 on The List of Attendees... but we'll see next week, when they've scheduled "Night At The Museum III"

"Questions for Stephen Hawking? Sure... I figure if anyone can help my kid with their Year 2 sicence homework, he can..."

"Questions for Stephen Hawking? Sure... I figure if anyone can help my kid with their Year 2 sicence homework, he can..."

Our first arrivals may - or may not - be in this movie. But since Eddie Redmayne is off in the far reaches signing and director James Marsh and lead actress Felicity Jones are yet to arrive, I might as well photograph anyone I can.

Our first arrivals may - or may not - be in this movie. But since Eddie Redmayne is off in the far reaches signing and director James Marsh and lead actress Felicity Jones are yet to arrive, I might as well photograph anyone I can.

"I know the suit is awesome.. that's why I'm making sure the tie works with it" Eddie Redmayne is best known for being in "My Week With Marilyn (2011)" and "Les Miserables (2012)"

"I know the suit is awesome.. that's why I'm making sure the tie works with it" Eddie Redmayne is best known for being in "My Week With Marilyn (2011)" and "Les Miserables (2012)"

Felicity Jones' dress is pretty awesome, and is being worn by Felicity Jones at this event.

Felicity Jones' dress is pretty awesome, and is being worn by Felicity Jones at this event.

"OMG : You're me!" "OMG : You're You!!" Jane Hawking (real, at left) meets Jane Hawking (actress Felicity Jones, right) at the premiere.

"OMG : You're me!"
"OMG : You're You!!"

Jane Hawking (real, at left) meets Jane Hawking (actress Felicity Jones, right) at the premiere.

Fortunately, the space-time continuum was not ruptured when young Jane Hawking met up with Old Jane Hawking... it's like when Jason Statham and I meet. We just look very similar, and life goes on. He dates his supermodel girlfriend, I reheat leftovers at home.

Fortunately, the space-time continuum was not ruptured when young Jane Hawking met up with Old Jane Hawking... it's like when Jason Statham and I meet. We just look very similar, and life goes on. He dates his supermodel girlfriend, I reheat leftovers at home.

"My dress is not for sale. At least... not while I'm wearing it". I last photographed Felicity Jones at the premiere of "The Invisible Woman", which I'll always remember for being the premiere where Professor Snape and Voldemort buried their differences and reconciled.

"My dress is not for sale. At least... not while I'm wearing it". I last photographed Felicity Jones at the premiere of "The Invisible Woman", which I'll always remember for being the premiere where Professor Snape and Voldemort buried their differences and reconciled.

"Is your photo making me look cool? Because I can stand here until it does". It's a Pentax.. the autofocus needs time to put its makeup on and do its hair.. after that, it should be fine.

"Is your photo making me look cool? Because I can stand here until it does". It's a Pentax.. the autofocus needs time to put its makeup on and do its hair.. after that, it should be fine.

"I thought I'd never stop holding that pose. But with this sweet back-lighting, I might go a second round" James Marsh won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for directing "Man on Wire" in 2009. That film was pretty awesome.

"I thought I'd never stop holding that pose. But with this sweet back-lighting, I might go a second round" James Marsh won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for directing "Man on Wire" in 2009. That film was pretty awesome.

I have no idea who Maxine Peake is, even though I suspect I might have photographed her unknowingly on Sunday at the semi-disastrous and sub-par 2014 BIFA British Independent Film Awards

I have no idea who Maxine Peake is, even though I suspect I might have photographed her unknowingly on Sunday at the semi-disastrous and sub-par 2014 BIFA British Independent Film Awards

"I've been in Shameless, Dinnerladies, The Way We Live Now, The Devil's Whore, Early Doors, Little Dorrit, Criminal Justice and Silk - which one of those HAVEN'T you watched?". And I... have not even heard of any of those things, let alone watched them. I blame my busy social life. Or that my TV is situated a bit too far from the aerial plug in my apartment.

"I've been in Shameless, Dinnerladies, The Way We Live Now, The Devil's Whore, Early Doors, Little Dorrit, Criminal Justice and Silk - which one of those HAVEN'T you watched?". And I... have not even heard of any of those things, let alone watched them. I blame my busy social life. Or that my TV is situated a bit too far from the aerial plug in my apartment.

"You're right. It really is tough looking this good"

"You're right. It really is tough looking this good"

Now there's something you don't see on every red carpet. Or blue carpet, in this case. (Or grey carpet when photo is converted to monochrome, in this specific case)

Now there's something you don't see on every red carpet. Or blue carpet, in this case. (Or grey carpet when photo is converted to monochrome, in this specific case)

I feel like I'm creating / directing a Monster Movie, and doing everything I can to avoid showing The Monster too early. But we're talking about one of the smartest people on the planet, and the Red (Blue) Carpet is filled with people gawking at him and taking photos. I ... guess that's also what I'm doing.

I feel like I'm creating / directing a Monster Movie, and doing everything I can to avoid showing The Monster too early. But we're talking about one of the smartest people on the planet, and the Red (Blue) Carpet is filled with people gawking at him and taking photos. I ... guess that's also what I'm doing.

It's professor Stephen Hawking!! There's not much to say... he's written a best-steller ("A Brief History Of Time") that spent a combined FOUR YEARS on the bestseller list AND played himself in animated form in The Simpsons. I asume he's illegally downloading the movie right now.... it's his biopic. No jury would convict him.

It's professor Stephen Hawking!! There's not much to say... he's written a best-steller ("A Brief History Of Time") that spent a combined FOUR YEARS on the bestseller list AND played himself in animated form in The Simpsons. I asume he's illegally downloading the movie right now.... it's his biopic. No jury would convict him.

"No guys, I will not be signing autographs or posing for Selfies". Unaccountably, Professor Hawking's minders turn him towards the crowd so that we can... well... take photos of him. Which I/we do. I will note, though, that I've taken what I'd call a better photo of him, at the 2012 Pride of Britain Awards

"No guys, I will not be signing autographs or posing for Selfies". Unaccountably, Professor Hawking's minders turn him towards the crowd so that we can... well... take photos of him. Which I/we do.

I will note, though, that I've taken what I'd call a better photo of him, at the 2012 Pride of Britain Awards

"And you seriously never considered a swarthy masculine Latino Voice when it became available?" Apparently Stephen Hawking recently had a major overhaul of his onboard computer system but eleted to keep his 'trademark' computerised voice unchanged.

"And you seriously never considered a swarthy masculine Latino Voice when it became available?" Apparently Stephen Hawking recently had a major overhaul of his onboard computer system but eleted to keep his 'trademark' computerised voice unchanged.

"He DIDN'T change the voice to "Swarthy Latino"? Well... back to the ADR booth for us all..."

"He DIDN'T change the voice to "Swarthy Latino"? Well... back to the ADR booth for us all..."

"Don't talk to me about Dragons" A late-ish arrival, Harry Lloyd - who is apparently best known in imdb for things OTHER THAN playing Viserys Targaryen on Game of Thrones.

"Don't talk to me about Dragons" A late-ish arrival, Harry Lloyd - who is apparently best known in imdb for things OTHER THAN playing Viserys Targaryen on Game of Thrones.

"That dress is AMAZING. Also... you're a very decent actress. Sorry.... that kind of came out sounding wrong"

"That dress is AMAZING. Also... you're a very decent actress. Sorry.... that kind of came out sounding wrong"

"I'm just saying... it's a particularly fine dress. And yes, I realise she didn't make it so that in a way makes it even less of a compliment. Let's just forget all this and talk about the movie, shall we?"

"I'm just saying... it's a particularly fine dress. And yes, I realise she didn't make it so that in a way makes it even less of a compliment. Let's just forget all this and talk about the movie, shall we?"

Insert your own comment here... it's not a response to my presence I'm familar with. Could be the presence of not one but TWO Pentaxes at once? That is pretty rare

Insert your own comment here... it's not a response to my presence I'm familar with. Could be the presence of not one but TWO Pentaxes at once? That is pretty rare

Harry Lloyd wants whatever connection Felicity Jones and I have going... but I'm sorry I'm not giving it up. Not even in my fevered imagination.

Harry Lloyd wants whatever connection Felicity Jones and I have going... but I'm sorry I'm not giving it up. Not even in my fevered imagination.

Eddie Redmayne desperately wants to win tickets to see the movie he's in. I'll admit... it does look very good.

Eddie Redmayne desperately wants to win tickets to see the movie he's in. I'll admit... it does look very good.

"Stephen Hawking's mind is so vast, even Stephen Hawking finds it a challenge playing himself, so how do you think I felt? That thing about relative sizes and vastness is my understanding of a Theoretical Cosmology joke, Edith. Space is really big."

"Stephen Hawking's mind is so vast, even Stephen Hawking finds it a challenge playing himself, so how do you think I felt? That thing about relative sizes and vastness is my understanding of a Theoretical Cosmology joke, Edith. Space is really big."

"Anyway, kids. Stay in school. Learn something. Be someone. But remember : theoretical physics is FRIKKIN' HARD. Maybe start with regular Engineering or Biology ... I think I did an Arts degree. I have no regrets."

"Anyway, kids. Stay in school. Learn something. Be someone. But remember : theoretical physics is FRIKKIN' HARD. Maybe start with regular Engineering or Biology ... I think I did an Arts degree. I have no regrets."

So... that was a premiere. There's still one left before the end of the year, and I'll see how I go. But it's not every day you get to photograph Stephen Hawking at a premiere that featured a DJ rapping and looking for people in the crowd to rhyme words with "Relativity".

Obviously, it's another one for "The Archive of Movie Premieres", the last few of which included:

Until next time!

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