Keeping Pace with Paul Rudd

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On Sunday I attended the premiere of Evan Almighty courtesy of my friend Paul who works at Universal and had a blast. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but what it turned out to be was the ACTUAL premiere complete with green carpet (they CGI the Red in nowadays I guess), press, David Hasselhoff, the works. I arrived, looking for Paul and they wouldn’t let me anywhere near the green carpet. I waited for a while with some friends, but nobody came down the green carpet. Finally, figuring nothing was going to happen we got in line to go in the theater. The line eventually takes you down the green carpet, so I got to walk the press line right next to David Hasselhoff, who’s a lot of man. We ran into Paul on the carpet and he took us aside as Larry Miller, several actors from The Office, and the President of Universal walked by. Finally, bored again, we decided to head into the theater, but right at that moment Steve Carrell and his entourage walked past, but we were in motion, so rather than wait, we hurried right in front of Steve, which basically meant we were the first people in his entourage. I got to walk down the rest of the carpet five feet in front of Steve Carrell with all these people taking pictures and basically yelling at me, just with a different name. I wonder how many cameraphones in Los Angeles have me in them right now? So gracious am I at the gift of being able to go that I won’t go into the problems this film has.
Observation: When you’re at a premiere, every name on the screen in the opening credits gets thunderous applause. Proud, personalized, applause is not something I’m used to hearing at a $200million Summer Blockbuster. It really humanizes these mammoth productions, it took half the people in that ampitheatre to make a movie that most of us just go see to tune out.

The most exciting thing that happened, though, was my leisurely stroll with Paul Rudd afterwards. Paul, Judd Apatow, Judd’s family and I all exited the theatre at the same time, and had to take the same long walk to the parking garage in a crowd that was moving at a crowd’s pace, so basically Paul Rudd and I walked alongside each other for like five minutes. I’m not easily starstruck, but I really like Paul Rudd, and can’t wait to see him on the set of a Scahdenfreude movie. Apatow was bonus, the only thing better than meeting a favorite actor is meeting a favorite director. No sight of David Fincher though, I’ll meet him sooner or later.

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On Sunday I attended the premiere of Evan Almighty courtesy of my friend Paul who works at Universal and had a blast. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but what it turned out to be was the ACTUAL premiere complete with green carpet (they CGI the Red in nowadays I guess), press, David Hasselhoff, the works. I arrived, looking for Paul and they wouldn’t let me anywhere near the green carpet. I waited for a while with some friends, but nobody came down the green carpet. Finally, figuring nothing was going to happen we got in line to go in the theater. The line eventually takes you down the green carpet, so I got to walk the press line right next to David Hasselhoff, who’s a lot of man. We ran into Paul on the carpet and he took us aside as Larry Miller, several actors from The Office, and the President of Universal walked by. Finally, bored again, we decided to head into the theater, but right at that moment Steve Carrell and his entourage walked past, but we were in motion, so rather than wait, we hurried right in front of Steve, which basically meant we were the first people in his entourage. I got to walk down the rest of the carpet five feet in front of Steve Carell with all these people taking pictures and basically yelling at me, just with a different name. I wonder how many cameraphones in Los Angeles have me in them right now? So gracious am I at the gift of being able to go that I won’t go into the problems this film has.
Observation: When you’re at a premiere, every name on the screen in the opening credits gets thunderous applause. Proud, personalized, applause is not something I’m used to hearing at a $200million Summer Blockbuster. It really humanizes these mammoth productions, it took half the people in that ampitheatre to make a movie that most of us just go see to tune out.

The most exciting thing that happened, though, was my leisurely stroll with Paul Rudd afterwards. Paul, Judd Apatow, Judd’s family and I all exited the theatre at the same time, and had to take the same long walk to the parking garage in a crowd that was moving at a crowd’s pace, so basically Paul Rudd and I walked alongside each other for like five minutes. I’m not easily starstruck, but I really like Paul Rudd, and can’t wait to see him on the set of a Schadenfreude movie. Apatow was bonus, the only thing better than meeting a favorite actor is meeting a favorite director. No sight of David Fincher though, I’ll meet him sooner or later.

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