Posted by: James Rhodes | September 26, 2015

The Martian European Premiere

The Martian European Premiere

Thursday 24 September

Premieres seem to be like buses, you wait ages for one to come and then they just don’t stop! Thursday saw my fourth trip to Leicester Square in the space of a week, this time for the European Premiere of Ridley Scott‘s latest film, The Martian. It has a stellar cast including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Chiwitel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, Kate Mara and Jeff Daniels. The majority of the cast were due to attend alongside Ridley, so I had to go along. I’d never met Matt before, and am never going to say no to the chance to meet Zoe Barnes from House of Cards!

I headed over to Leicester Square from work and met a few friends. The red carpet looked pretty awesome and unlike my previous visit three days ago, the skies were clear! A massive stage had been built for interviews which was pretty cool. After a while the arrivals started, and carried on coming! Literally as soon as one person had got out of their car, another one was waiting! I was a fair bit down the carpet from where people were being dropped off, but from the big screen it seemed that everyone was signing to some extent. The premiere also gave me a chance to play around with my new long-lens camera for a second time in Leicester Square!

I can’t remember precisely the order in which people arrived, so will just focus on the order they got to where I was. First to come over was Chinese actress Chen Shu. I think this is her first Hollywood film, and she seemed a bit overwhelmed by the whole experience, but still signed an index card and posed for a photo with me.

She was followed by the star of films including Lord of the Rings, Golden Eye, Troy and of course Game of Thrones, Sean Bean. Sean was as nice as he had been when I met him in 2013, and happily signed an index card for me, and posed for a photo too.

Ridley Scott had been signing a few autographs further down the barrier, but was taken away to do press interviews. He never came back to sign any more, which was a shame. Although I have met him once before, so I wasn’t too worried! Kristen Wiig was doing press interviews too, but her PA motioned that she would come over to sign once done. Kate Mara was next to come along the carpet, but wasn’t signing for anyone, instead it looked like she was going to go straight to do interviews.. but then she relented and came straight over to where I was! Eeek!! Kate was pretty quiet, but the House of Cards and Fantastic Four star signed and dedicated an index card for me, and kindly posed for a photo too! Happy James!!

Dumb and Dumber star Jeff Daniels went along doing press interviews, and maybe signed 10 autographs just beyond where I was on the carpet, but he didn’t sign many and sadly didn’t come to where I was. I was hoping to get my DVD sleeve for Dumb and Dumber signed, but alas it wasn’t to be.

True to her word, Kristen Wiig came back to sign for people, which was really nice of her. However, she came over at the precise same time as Matt Damon! Since I’d not met Matt before, I focused on him. I have always heard good stories about the star of Good Will Hunting, Saving Private Ryan, Invictus, the Oceans films and the Bourne films, and he carried on to his good reputation in Leicester Square. Matt was quite quick so as to try and meet as many people as he could, but was still personable. He signed and dedicated an index card for me, and also posed for a photo which I think has come out really well!

I missed out on Kristen, who in fairness signed for a lot of people, it was just bad timing that she came over at the precise same time as Matt where I was. However, I’ve met her in the past, so I wasn’t too worried. I did manage to get a couple of photos of her signing and doing press interviews, though.

Next to come by was a surprise guest, Taron Egerton from Kingsman: The Secret Service, Testament of Youth and the upcoming Eddie the Eagle. Taron posed for a photo with me, and signed an index card too.

The ever-lovely Jessica Chastain soon followed. I wanted to meet Jessica for ages, and have now met her five times in the past 12 months! She signed an index card for me, and posed for a photo too. The Help is still one of my favourite films of the past few years, and I’ve been lucky enough to get Jessica to sign my DVD sleeve of it and a photo from it in the past.

The final person to come over to sign was 12 Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor. He too was as nice as ever and signed my 12 Years A Slave DVD sleeve, as well as posing for a photo with me. Twice I’ve met Chiwetel this month!

And that was that! I missed a couple of people, but was really pleased to meet Matt and Kate. Four good premieres in a row, I wonder if the next one tomorrow (The Intern) will continue in this pattern!


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