Posted by: James Rhodes | April 1, 2014

Noah Premiere

Noah UK Premiere

31st March 2013

Ever since this premiere was announced I’ve been excited, I’d say moreso than any other premiere I’ve been to. Yesterday saw the UK premiere of Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah, starring Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins and Douglas Booth. All bar Anthony were due to attend, and it promised to be an eventful evening!

I arrived in Leicester Square to be greeted by a pretty unique red carpet, complete with Noah’s ark present. It looked pretty awesome! After an introduction from presenter Alex Zane and some freebies (including pretty awesome A4 posters for the film), the arrivals finally got underway. First to arrive was the film’s director, producer and writer, Darren Aronofsky, best known for films including Black Swan, The Wrestler and Requiem for a Dream. He started signing, but seemed to be skipping quite a few people and moving through pretty quickly. He came over to where I was and started signing, and was actually pretty friendly. He signed a few, but missed out my autograph book. I asked him to dedicate it, and he was happy to sign it once he realised it wasn’t going to be sold! Nice start to the evening!


Darren was followed by Logan Lerman, who got a pretty welcoming reception. The star of the Percy Jackson films, The Three Musketeers and Perks of Being a Wallflower was by far the most fan friendly person that evening, taking his time to meet literally anyone that wanted to meet him. It was Tom Cruise style behaviour, which was awesome to see. He signed an index card for me and posed for a photo, which he kindly took himself! I even saw him give a couple of girls who were clearly big fans of his some tickets for the premiere! How cool would it be if everyone was this nice?

Ray Winstone was next to arrive with what seemed to be his entire extended family (although sadly not with his actress daughter Jaime). However, he was taken to pose for the photographers and started signing further up the carpet. Kinda gutted as I really wanted to meet him. The same happened with music legend Patti Smith, who was a surprise attendee having worked on some of the film’s soundtrack. Who doesn’t love a bit of Because the Night?

Douglas Booth soon followed, and he too was awesome, signing for as many people as he could. He signed an index card for me and also posed for a photo.

A Beautiful Mind, Hulk and Blood Diamond star Jennifer Connolly arrived next, but the same thing happened as with Ray; she posed for the photographers before starting to sign further up the red carpet. This was starting to look like it could turn into a bit of a disaster, but of the four main people here Jennifer was the one I was least worried about meeting.

This only left the two big guns to arrive, Russell Crowe and Emma Watson. A couple of cars pulled into the Square together, which meant one of the two was arriving, but which would it be? Heart in my mouth as out got Emma. Here’s the point at which I should probably provide a bit of a back-story…

At one stage, Emma was my favourite person; I grew up watching the Harry Potter films, and when I started this crazy hobby nine years ago there was a (small) list of people I wanted to meet most, and she was very close to the top of that list. However… four years ago I went to Wimbledon for the tennis finals. Rafa Nadal had beaten Thomas Berdych in straight sets in b-e-a-utiful weather. A perfect Sunday afternoon, topped off by spotting Emma leaving the VIP pavilion. I genuinely don’t think I had (or since have) ever been so excited to see one person. I asked her and she said no. It wasn’t a polite no, I’d have no issue with that, but was a downright rude no. It’s hard to describe, but her attitude was really bad. Maybe she was a Thomas Berdych fan? Joking aside, I was gutted, and since then the overarching thought whenever anyone mentioned her was that experience. Even getting an autograph from her at the BAFTAs in 2011 didn’t help change my opinion, as even the hardest signers’ sign at the BAFTAs. Anyways, back to the present…

Out got Emma, and in some kind of twisted fate, came straight over to where I was. She signed for the person next to me, and then it was my turn. Despite internally combusting with a mix of excitement and nerves, I managed to tell her I met her at SW19, even with the details of Rafa winning in straight sets, that she’d said no to a photo and I was gutted. I was probably less eloquent than I picture. I asked her if she’d make up for it by posing for a picture now, and she agreed. Say whaaaaaaaaat!!! Her brother (I presume it was her brother, I’ve no idea) took the camera and took an absolutely belting photo.

She was genuinely nice about it, and I’m super shocked she agreed to a photo. In fact, it’s the only photo she posed for the whole evening, so I am pretty lucky!

She also signed my autograph book and my Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone DVD sleeve which is now, as far as I am concerned, complete. It’s signed by her, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Maggie Smith, Warwick Davis, John Hurt, David Bradley and Matthew Lewis. Sweet!

That only left one person to arrive, Noah himself, Russell Crowe! Russell arrived and started signing up a storm, he genuinely made an effort to sign for as many people as he could, although didn’t pose for any photos. He signed and dedicated a Les Miserables photo for me, and thanked me for coming. Maybe it’ll be third time lucky getting a photo with him!

Just as it looked like the red carpet was finished with, out of nowhere Ray Winstone reappeared to sign for the people he’d missed earlier; the evening definitely had taken a turn for the better! Ray came over and signed my autograph book and also my friend’s Quadrophenia DVD sleeve, which I’ve had for Ray to one day sign for about 18 months now. It’s already signed by Phil Daniels, Sting, Leslie Ash, Toyah Wilcox, Benjamin Whitrow, Mark Wingett and director Frank Roddam, so it’s looking pretty awesome!

Ray also posed for a photo with me. He was super cool, despite some stories I’ve heard previous that say otherwise.

Hugh Jackman arrived unannounced just before the film was due to start, but didn’t sign anything, which is fair enough since it wasn’t his event. I’d guessed he might show up as he’s been in town to promote X Men, nice to see my intuition was right!

And that was that. A really fun premiere and my all time favourite photo after nine years of photos. What a year this is turning out to be!

I can retire happy now!



  1. Dang!!! Aren’t you lucky to meet Emma, Logan & Russell!!

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