Fox Searchlight had a strange predicament on its hands. How do you hold a U.S. premiere for a movie when your leading man – the actor who plays the title character of the picture no less – is an ocean away? Thankfully for the mini-major, the director and producers of “Hitchock” found a supporting cast with prestige credentials and paparazzi appeal.
With Anthony Hopkins in London, the New York premiere for “Hitchcock” featured the film’s co-lead, Dame Helen Mirren, “Avenger” Scarlett Johansson, Toni “shouldn’t I have another Oscar nomination by now?” Collette and Jessica “she’s more talented than she gets credit for” Biel. And yes, James D’Arcy and director Sacha Gervasi were there too, but this special screening surpassed the world premiere at AFI Film Fest earlier this month because there were actual stars in the house.
And when you’re opening on the Friday after Thanksgiving in 16 theaters a little attention from the press ain’t such a bad thing. Check out the talented ladies in the gallery embedded in this post or read my AFI review here.
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