Having returned from a week at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, do your homework before asking stupid questions of movie stars next time out.
A couple of examples, I’m definitely not proud of:
The first was with Harrison Ford who was at the convention to promote his November 1st Lionsgate release ENDER’S GAME.
I asked Ford whether he was surprised at how well “42” had performed at the box office. Well, not only did that not come out right, it didn’t seem to please Ford either.
The point I’d meant to get across was that the film had outperformed its projections by nearly $10 million on opening weekend.
Ford’s exact answer—which I seem to have blocked out of my mind—indicated that he wasn’t thrilled with my banal question.
But oh no, I didn’t stop there!
I followed that by bringing up STAR WARS—and should’ve known better.
“Any news about your rumored return to the LucasFilm franchise?” I asked?
“You talking to ME?” Ford shot back.
The next star for me to make a fool of myself with with was Melissa McCarthy. Classy lady, can’t be more than five feet tall. And she was pushing THE HEAT in which she co-stars as a foul-mouthed cop with a much taller Sandra Bullock.
My question to McCarthy; Had she ever considered crossing over from all out, wild comedy to drama?
Not the greatest question, but I thought it was a safe one.
Until she answered that’s all she’d ever had done until her breakthrough with comedy.
At least she was gracious about it, and even shook my hand after the interview.
Other observations from CinemaCon include comedian Kevin Hart‘s reaction to his introduction where he was plugging his upcoming live concert-comedy film called LET ME EXPLAIN.
Apparently Hart wasn’t too thrilled at the light applause he received.
“You all can do better that that,” he said. “Stop being racist, clap your hands people.”
And director Guillermo del Toro with his PACIFIC RIM due in theaters soon, defended controversial elements of his films by telling us, “This movie comes with sauce. And if you don’t like the sauce, don’t eat the fucking sandwich.”
Universal honcho Adam Fogelson‘s insight into his studio’s musical hit LES MISERABLES went something like this: “Unfortunately not many characters actually survived to the end in LES MIS. There will not be a sequel forthcoming. But we’re working on other options.”
HANGOVER franchise director Todd Phillips offered a nice comeback when asked about HANGOVER III opening smack dab against FAST & FURIOUS 6.
“Come on, it’s fucking Vin Diesel and The Rock.”
And Adam Sandler brought just about his entire cast of GROWN UPS 2 to the worldwide movie conclave and got a good shot in at the expense of SMURFS 2.
“You overseas people are fucking excited about SMURFS 2,” he observed to the gathering which pretty well brought down the house.
So may the FARCE be with you. It sure was with me.
I’d have probably been better off hanging with the Pawn Stars just down the Strip.