24th July - Guardians of the Galaxy Premiere

When I last posted a premiere Journal it was on another site entirely, called "Redbubble". Then shit went down and Taylor Swift's people took umbrage at a photo I'd posted four years ago that wasn't for sale... but Redbubble were all "whatever you say, masters" even though it wasn't for sale. So I told them to shove it and... wait, where was I?

Guardians of the Galaxy Premiere. London's Leicester Square. Here's how it went down...

"So I guess I'm choosing between watching this and a historical epic set in 17th Century France? Well... I guess that's a choice between two costume dramas, then ..."

"So I guess I'm choosing between watching this and a historical epic set in 17th Century France? Well... I guess that's a choice between two costume dramas, then ..."

Our man on the spot Alex Zane's beard is making a play for Independently Legitimate Celebrity status. I wish it well in its endeavours.

Our man on the spot Alex Zane's beard is making a play for Independently Legitimate Celebrity status. I wish it well in its endeavours.

"Feels like I've been waiting for longer than I've been waiting for a decent DC Comics film". Ah, that's just the heat talking. Wait til DJ Impact comes by and starts laying the Phunky Beatz down to keep the crowd occupied.

"Feels like I've been waiting for longer than I've been waiting for a decent DC Comics film". Ah, that's just the heat talking. Wait til DJ Impact comes by and starts laying the Phunky Beatz down to keep the crowd occupied.

Fun with Mirrors. And shields. And Dutch fangirls.

Fun with Mirrors. And shields. And Dutch fangirls.

It's discreet. That's what I like about it.

It's discreet. That's what I like about it.

Director James Gunn ('Slither') has arrived, and has a raccoon placed atop his shoulders. A quick glance at the movie poster reveals that this is plot-related, though it sets potentially problematic precedents for future Godzilla or Jaws movie sequels. (I look forward to seeing if the Kevin Smith film 'Tusk' gets a premiere...)

Director James Gunn ('Slither') has arrived, and has a raccoon placed atop his shoulders. A quick glance at the movie poster reveals that this is plot-related, though it sets potentially problematic precedents for future Godzilla or Jaws movie sequels. (I look forward to seeing if the Kevin Smith film 'Tusk' gets a premiere...)

"Yes, that IS a mobile phone in my pocket, and No I'm not THAT glad to see you".

"Yes, that IS a mobile phone in my pocket, and No I'm not THAT glad to see you".

"My autograph for that raccoon? Sold - you can have both." This is the part where you should probably ask about rabies shots, though.

"My autograph for that raccoon? Sold - you can have both." This is the part where you should probably ask about rabies shots, though.

"YOU.... you liked The Lego Movie a little bit too much". it's true.

"YOU.... you liked The Lego Movie a little bit too much". it's true.

Our next arrival is Karen Gillan, who per imdb is best known for being in Dr Who, a TV show I've managed to avoid watching for longer than I've been alive; and about whom one fan was holding aloft a "Marry Me Karen!" sign. I'm not sure if that worked.. I myself missed the boat with Scarlett Johansson and Charlize Theron using that tactic.

Our next arrival is Karen Gillan, who per imdb is best known for being in Dr Who, a TV show I've managed to avoid watching for longer than I've been alive; and about whom one fan was holding aloft a "Marry Me Karen!" sign. I'm not sure if that worked.. I myself missed the boat with Scarlett Johansson and Charlize Theron using that tactic.

"The downside of being tall? I can't avoid looking at marriage proposal signs in the crowd. Next question?"

"The downside of being tall? I can't avoid looking at marriage proposal signs in the crowd. Next question?"

Our next arrival is David Bautista, who I'm reliably informed is/was a former wrestler. Just in case I mistook him for  a master of the Japanese art of Bonsai, I suppose. He plays what appears to be a reddish-skinned homicidal psychopath in the movie.

Our next arrival is David Bautista, who I'm reliably informed is/was a former wrestler. Just in case I mistook him for  a master of the Japanese art of Bonsai, I suppose. He plays what appears to be a reddish-skinned homicidal psychopath in the movie.

"He's actually a really nice guy. Liable to headbutt you in a fake-but-realistic-looking way if you get on his bad side... or his good side, actually"

"He's actually a really nice guy. Liable to headbutt you in a fake-but-realistic-looking way if you get on his bad side... or his good side, actually"

"You won't like me when I start swinging chairs and stage- diving into the crowd". I don't know about that.. there are a couple of people near me in the crowd I'd love to see flattened by a guy wearing a tie.

"You won't like me when I start swinging chairs and stage- diving into the crowd". I don't know about that.. there are a couple of people near me in the crowd I'd love to see flattened by a guy wearing a tie.

It's Chris Prat!! He's awesome as the voice of Emmett in "The Lego Movie" (and as himself in the film's Cast and Crew Commentary). He plays the lead role of "Star Lord" in the movie. I assume that name is at least partially ironic...

It's Chris Prat!! He's awesome as the voice of Emmett in "The Lego Movie" (and as himself in the film's Cast and Crew Commentary). He plays the lead role of "Star Lord" in the movie. I assume that name is at least partially ironic...

"Please, Chris. You gotta go to that six year old kid in the crowd over there and give him a hug. He's the biggest fan of The Lego movie" "Are you sure? The guy I'm looking at looks closer to forty to me". Shut up. The Lego Movie was truly awesome. For ALL ages.

"Please, Chris. You gotta go to that six year old kid in the crowd over there and give him a hug. He's the biggest fan of The Lego movie"

"Are you sure? The guy I'm looking at looks closer to forty to me".

Shut up. The Lego Movie was truly awesome. For ALL ages.

On a more 'randomly awesome' rather than 'expected awesome' front, the old guy with the beard who some peole described as 'rather homeless looking'.... turned out to be Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker from the original Star Wars saga. And he was signing autographs!! (I .... might have asked for and received one of those autographs)

On a more 'randomly awesome' rather than 'expected awesome' front, the old guy with the beard who some peole described as 'rather homeless looking'.... turned out to be Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker from the original Star Wars saga. And he was signing autographs!! (I .... might have asked for and received one of those autographs)

Actress Zoe Saldana, meanwhile, has added a new colour (beyond "Na'vi Blue") to her repertoire. She goes Gamora Green in this movie. I've previously photographed her at the premieres of Avatar , JJ Abrams Star Trek, and its sequel Into Darkness

Actress Zoe Saldana, meanwhile, has added a new colour (beyond "Na'vi Blue") to her repertoire. She goes Gamora Green in this movie. I've previously photographed her at the premieres of Avatar , JJ Abrams Star Trek, and its sequel Into Darkness

"Zoe Saldana's sending you her love through the wonders of The Internet. Feel free to send it back, while I visualise you at your monitor, alone in a dark room, doing so"

"Zoe Saldana's sending you her love through the wonders of The Internet. Feel free to send it back, while I visualise you at your monitor, alone in a dark room, doing so"

"My Good Side? Baby, they're BOTH my good side" Hard to argue with Zoe Saldana. She's from Queens, New York and will punch your lights out if you cross her. Or order the security dude to her left to do so on her behalf.. Because she's classy like that.

"My Good Side? Baby, they're BOTH my good side" Hard to argue with Zoe Saldana. She's from Queens, New York and will punch your lights out if you cross her. Or order the security dude to her left to do so on her behalf.. Because she's classy like that.

"Wait. You knew my FATHER?". I sure did. Whiny lad. High sense of entitlement. Lack of emotional range and no sense of humour. I was glad when Obiwan cut off his legs and arms and left him at that lake of lava. Still... you go and redeem that brat if you want, Luke.

"Wait. You knew my FATHER?". I sure did. Whiny lad. High sense of entitlement. Lack of emotional range and no sense of humour. I was glad when Obiwan cut off his legs and arms and left him at that lake of lava. Still... you go and redeem that brat if you want, Luke.

It's Chris Hemsworth! He plays Thor in the OTHER Marvel franchise about a team-up of heroes. Appropriately, I've photographed him at such premieres as Thor, Thor The Dark World, The Avengers ... and also non-Marvel premieres like the James Hunt biopic Rush . His wife Elsa Pataki is also an actress - she had a sizeable role in Fast and the Furious 5.

It's Chris Hemsworth! He plays Thor in the OTHER Marvel franchise about a team-up of heroes. Appropriately, I've photographed him at such premieres as Thor, Thor The Dark World, The Avengers ... and also non-Marvel premieres like the James Hunt biopic Rush . His wife Elsa Pataki is also an actress - she had a sizeable role in Fast and the Furious 5.

Also in (brief) attendance - director Joss Whedon, who directed (but did not attend the premiere of) "The Avengers" but did drop by for Much Ado About Nothing, and cameo'd at the premiere of Thor The Dark World

Also in (brief) attendance - director Joss Whedon, who directed (but did not attend the premiere of) "The Avengers" but did drop by for Much Ado About Nothing, and cameo'd at the premiere of Thor The Dark World

"Sure, you can put this on ebay if you want. But it'll lessen the degree to which my 'regards' on this dedication is retrospectively genuine. You tell your buyers that, okay?"

"Sure, you can put this on ebay if you want. But it'll lessen the degree to which my 'regards' on this dedication is retrospectively genuine. You tell your buyers that, okay?"

"The suit is sharp, but it's hard to look heroic without one or two laser-blasting guns to back it up". I feel like that every time I'm caught in public without at least one camera over one shoulder.

"The suit is sharp, but it's hard to look heroic without one or two laser-blasting guns to back it up". I feel like that every time I'm caught in public without at least one camera over one shoulder.

Meanwhile, the Mighty Vin Diesel has arrived, wearing some kind of kangaroo/moonboot things. He's remarkably adept at wearing them, even signing autographs leaning into the crowd. (I meanwhile am taking notes as to whether they might give me that much-needed height advantage at premieres that I've been looking for)

Meanwhile, the Mighty Vin Diesel has arrived, wearing some kind of kangaroo/moonboot things. He's remarkably adept at wearing them, even signing autographs leaning into the crowd. (I meanwhile am taking notes as to whether they might give me that much-needed height advantage at premieres that I've been looking for)

"My hair is available as a separate Lego accessory in case you're interested". Oh, I'm interested.

"My hair is available as a separate Lego accessory in case you're interested". Oh, I'm interested.

"Sorry bro. I liked 2Fast 2Furious as much as the next guy, but I can't sign a DVD it if I wasn't in it". I've only photographed Vin Diesel at one previous premiere - his brief sojourn down the carpet and back again at the fourth film in the ongoing Fast Franchise. At the time I attributed his 'arrive late, leave early' style to a Bruce Willis-esque hatred of his fans, but he's actually really nice.

"Sorry bro. I liked 2Fast 2Furious as much as the next guy, but I can't sign a DVD it if I wasn't in it". I've only photographed Vin Diesel at one previous premiere - his brief sojourn down the carpet and back again at the fourth film in the ongoing Fast Franchise. At the time I attributed his 'arrive late, leave early' style to a Bruce Willis-esque hatred of his fans, but he's actually really nice.

"Are these shoes uncomfortable? Hell no... well, they're horrific on public transport, sure. But Vin Diesel doesn't do public transport". I'll also admit that much as it might be interesting if he did, Vin Diesel does not refer to himself in the third person.

"Are these shoes uncomfortable? Hell no... well, they're horrific on public transport, sure. But Vin Diesel doesn't do public transport". I'll also admit that much as it might be interesting if he did, Vin Diesel does not refer to himself in the third person.

"Let's see how close I can get to crowd surfing a public pen with a raccoon loose in it".

"Let's see how close I can get to crowd surfing a public pen with a raccoon loose in it".

So... that's another premiere in London. Expendables III is up next, if my schedule is accurate.

Until next time!

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pps. For further reading : other Marvel Premieres: Thor, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor the Dark World, Captain America The Winter Soldier