Lovely to meet you Caz.
The rain came at probably the
worst time. About 40 seconds before their arrival and then continued unabated thereafter. Mixed with the cold it really was an uncomfortable few hours, but still worth it in the end. And bless the bemused passerbys. One asked what was going on and I pointed to the giant...sorry - GIIIIIIAAAAAAANT!!!! - poster at the front of the cinema with Simon and Nick with the words Hot Fuzz lit up in blue, plus in big letters WORLD PREMIERE, and even after staring at it for a good few moments she still turned back and asked, 'So what is it?'
And the woman who asked me, 'Sorry I'm not used to London. Is this a premiere?' I told her it was and she went, 'So this Simon Frog will be here?' I just held in my laughter and nodded. She said thanks, gave me a shove and walked off!
We did seem to be in a blind spot though as most of the celebs that turned up would come up near to where we were, then quickly go over to the press pit and then continue signing further along the barriers. It's quite unfair to say Simon and Nick had ignored a certain section of fans. It was very much accidental and, having been on the other side of the barriers in another situation myself, I can vouch that the bright lights and noise can make it all very confusing as to where you've been and where you haven't yet. Edgar, I think, managed to go round everyone because he did nearly all the press bits in one go first, unlike Simon & Nick who were flitting back and forth. They did, however, turn and wave to fans a few times, even apologising for weather.
When Edgar did come along he was very gracious and thanked everyone who said they loved his work. I told him I'd seen and loved Hot Fuzz and he said thanks. I then said who I was on here and he went, 'Ahhhhh! Hello!'
Sadly only the 'E' of his autograph stayed on my SotD dvd cover as it was sodden my then from the rain.
As we'd missed Simon and Nick at the start, Caz and me hung around to see if we could catch them coming out. We waited for about 2 hours (the length of the film. Go figure!) in which time we breathed in copious amounts of smoke from the security's cigarettes, became ever more cold and watched as a drunk got in and then subsequently thrown out of the cinema before kicking off. Then just before they were due to come out these two women said that we should go to the side as that's where they would be coming out and not the front, where we were. So we rushed to the side, away from the shelter at the front, and waited as a swarm of people came out, but they were the public audience and not anyone from the film. We go soaked waiting until I spotted Rob Brydon through the window hanging around the other side which led to the front. Then I saw Derren Brown walking towards the front and we realised that they would be leaving that way. The bloody women sent us out the wrong way. The biatchs!!
So we made it back just in time for them coming out. Rafe squeezed by and then Michael Smiley came out. I actually almost blinded him with my camera flash! He did a comedy 'What the fuck was that?!' look around blink. Everyone giggled, I said a loud sorry and he smiled back.
Eventually Simon came out and signed Caz's board and I gave him a birthday card and he said, 'Aww, thank you. Bless you.' His mum was right next to him and said, 'Ah, that's so sweet.' we didn't see Nick or Edgar again, though. No idea what happened to them. After that it was a soggy and cold journey home. *phew*
Other people there were:
Jessica (who looked stunning), Keith Allen (when asked why he was there he said, 'Because my ex-wife is the producer!'), Rafe, Paddy, Ewar Woowar, Timothy Dalton, Jim Broadbent (who was an hour late!), all of The Boosh, all of the LoG, Derren Brown, Rob Brydon, Thandie Newton, Pete (and little bro James) Serafinowicz with missus Sarah, Marc Warren, Nicholas Burns, Amanda Abbingdon, Stephen Merchant, Ricky and Peanut from Kaiser Chiefs and the rest is a blur.
Wife Of Rolex