6 Oct - The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus premiere

October 6th, 2009.

When Heath Ledger sadly died during the making of 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus', his role was divided into additional parts that were played by Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law. None of whom were at this premiere. And Verne Troyer I already photographed yesterday at Radio1, and model/actress Lily Cole I photographed today at Radio1 ... and as for Terry Gilliam? Well, let's just say Monty Python is yet to make me laugh.

So why was I in Leicester Square, you might I ask? Well, where else would I be but here, for my first full Leicester Square premiere in almost two months, reacquainting myself with my camera and 'The Square....

I may be brave taking my camera out in the dark and the forecast rain, but I wasn't game to tell these ladies that none of Depp, Law or Farrell would be attending tonight. ... I could comfort them afterwards, though.

I may be brave taking my camera out in the dark and the forecast rain, but I wasn't game to tell these ladies that none of Depp, Law or Farrell would be attending tonight. ... I could comfort them afterwards, though.

Premieres are back in Leicester Square, and so is Yellow Cap Guy. It's been far too long!

Premieres are back in Leicester Square, and so is Yellow Cap Guy. It's been far too long!

Verne Troyer arrives, looking upbeat and dapper (yesterday I snapped him outside Radio1 and he was looking cool as well!)

Verne Troyer arrives, looking upbeat and dapper (yesterday I snapped him outside Radio1 and he was looking cool as well!)

Verne Troyer, at Radio 1 yesterday. And I? Am not this cool. Even in my own mind, and even in the residual self-image created in The Matrix.

Verne Troyer, at Radio 1 yesterday. And I? Am not this cool. Even in my own mind, and even in the residual self-image created in The Matrix.

Verne Troyer is a good interview subject, however despite my close proximity I couldn't hear him over the noise of people screaming at Johnny Depp. Who wasn't here and wasn't scheduled to be here and accordingly didn't attend. People at premieres are... strange.

Verne Troyer is a good interview subject, however despite my close proximity I couldn't hear him over the noise of people screaming at Johnny Depp. Who wasn't here and wasn't scheduled to be here and accordingly didn't attend. People at premieres are... strange.

Terry Gilliam, director of this film, was also a member of the Monty Python troupe, which doesn't particularly impress me. I don't recall laughing during 'The Life of Brian' and I actually stopped watching 'The Meaning of Life' and after that I pretty much stopped bothering trying to understand the humour. (Still... I'm here because I want to believe in a better world!)

Terry Gilliam, director of this film, was also a member of the Monty Python troupe, which doesn't particularly impress me. I don't recall laughing during 'The Life of Brian' and I actually stopped watching 'The Meaning of Life' and after that I pretty much stopped bothering trying to understand the humour. (Still... I'm here because I want to believe in a better world!)

As for the rest of Gilliam's work, I can honestly say none of it has appealed other than '12 Monkeys' and that Nike Ad with the soccer game in a tanker ship (he directed that)

As for the rest of Gilliam's work, I can honestly say none of it has appealed other than '12 Monkeys' and that Nike Ad with the soccer game in a tanker ship (he directed that)

Rather amazingly, I've managed to track down this guy's identity. Some fans near me were desperately beckoning him over and a had a promo picture I recognised as being from 'Twilight - New Moon'. So I've tracked down that photo and he is apparently actor Jamie Campbell Bower. If I'm right, what do I win??

Rather amazingly, I've managed to track down this guy's identity. Some fans near me were desperately beckoning him over and a had a promo picture I recognised as being from 'Twilight - New Moon'. So I've tracked down that photo and he is apparently actor Jamie Campbell Bower. If I'm right, what do I win??

It's.... LaToya Jackson??

It's.... LaToya Jackson??

It IS LaToya Jackson, sister of the late Michael. I never can figure out whether she's legitimately famous.... or simply famous by association, or basically neither. And neither, it seems, can she!

It IS LaToya Jackson, sister of the late Michael. I never can figure out whether she's legitimately famous.... or simply famous by association, or basically neither. And neither, it seems, can she!

It's another one of those _"is she famous, or he?"_ moments, to which you can certainly play along at home. She looks significantly like actress Anna Paquin from this angle, so my guess is her even though wireimage does not provide me with any assistance as to who she might be.

It's another one of those _"is she famous, or he?"_ moments, to which you can certainly play along at home. She looks significantly like actress Anna Paquin from this angle, so my guess is her even though wireimage does not provide me with any assistance as to who she might be.

Verne Troyer is probably best known for being Mini-Me in the last two films in the Austin Powers trilogy... but for me he's better known for that cool scooter he rides!

Verne Troyer is probably best known for being Mini-Me in the last two films in the Austin Powers trilogy... but for me he's better known for that cool scooter he rides!

It's times like this, sitting at my computer, that my heart sinks that I never did photograph the person whose back is turned in this photograph, and if she's important enough to pose with the leads then she's probably important. Or part of the catering crew. Catering crew are also important. People gotta eat, you know?

It's times like this, sitting at my computer, that my heart sinks that I never did photograph the person whose back is turned in this photograph, and if she's important enough to pose with the leads then she's probably important. Or part of the catering crew. Catering crew are also important. People gotta eat, you know?

From left to right, actor Andrew Garfield, director Terry Gilliam and actress/model Lily Cole. I've checked out Lily Cole's wikipedia entry, and apparently she's a legitimate model. Like, really! (Insofar as I'm hardly a doyen of the field of fashion, beanie collection notwithstanding..)

From left to right, actor Andrew Garfield, director Terry Gilliam and actress/model Lily Cole. I've checked out Lily Cole's wikipedia entry, and apparently she's a legitimate model. Like, really! (Insofar as I'm hardly a doyen of the field of fashion, beanie collection notwithstanding..)

Claudia Schiffer : photographed. Twiggy : photographed. Agyness Deyn : photographed. And you can now add Lily Cole to the list of models I've shot. (How does that compare with what I accomplished in the office today? Umm... not well, if I'm completely honest)

Claudia Schiffer : photographed. Twiggy : photographed. Agyness Deyn : photographed. And you can now add Lily Cole to the list of models I've shot. (How does that compare with what I accomplished in the office today? Umm... not well, if I'm completely honest)

"Who is Andrew Garfield?" I hear you ask? He's that guy. Over there!

"Who is Andrew Garfield?" I hear you ask? He's that guy. Over there!

One last shot of director Terry Gilliam, attempting to influence film reviewers everywhere with a suggested level of endorsement.

One last shot of director Terry Gilliam, attempting to influence film reviewers everywhere with a suggested level of endorsement.

So, that was that. My first nighttime premiere since.. I can't even remember. The failure rate was staggering, the Pentax' autofocus was twitchy to the point where I switched to manual (and further raised the failure rate) but fortunately I got at least one recognisable shot of each of the 'majors'. And The Premiere Season is definitely upon us, with ten (10) big or small currently scheduled between now and the end of November.

Until next time!

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