15 Oct - The BFI LFF 'The Men Who Stare At Goats' premiere

October 15th, 2009.

One day after the premiere for "The Amazing Mr Fox" Leicester Square paid host to another premiere. The cast list for this one was potentially even more impressive if they all turned up : George Clooney, Ewan MacGregor, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges and A Goat were all on the movie poster. But who would show up, that was the question...?

"Gotta hurry... or everyone's going to think this movie is 'The Men Who Star at Go' "

"Gotta hurry... or everyone's going to think this movie is 'The Men Who Star at Go' "

The men who stare at... nothing. Not yet, anyway.

The men who stare at... nothing. Not yet, anyway.

Yellow Cap Guy, in position and in high spirits. Good times.

Yellow Cap Guy, in position and in high spirits. Good times.

I hear they even put cappuchino makers on these things now...

I hear they even put cappuchino makers on these things now...

George Clooney may be sharing a laugh with a reporter, but I think the real story in this picture is the body language of the security dude in the background to the left...

George Clooney may be sharing a laugh with a reporter, but I think the real story in this picture is the body language of the security dude in the background to the left...

"AND that's WHEN I knew I should PURSUE a career IN act-ING" George Clooney. Acting.

"AND that's WHEN I knew I should PURSUE a career IN act-ING"
George Clooney. Acting.

Actress Neve Campbell, who isn't actually in this movie, is in this photo. Meanwhile, Kevin Spacey, who is in this movie, is not. (While I am disappointed, I will acknowledge that Neve Campbell is the prettier of the two.)

Actress Neve Campbell, who isn't actually in this movie, is in this photo. Meanwhile, Kevin Spacey, who is in this movie, is not. (While I am disappointed, I will acknowledge that Neve Campbell is the prettier of the two.)

"You liked me in 'Solaris'? That's very nice... except I don't even really remember that movie". Yeah, I kind of blanked it out too.

"You liked me in 'Solaris'? That's very nice... except I don't even really remember that movie". Yeah, I kind of blanked it out too.

"Yeah, that light to the side of me going to ruin your photo... but it's giving me a great tan"

"Yeah, that light to the side of me going to ruin your photo... but it's giving me a great tan"

"No, I'm not actually in this movie... but I bet you're glad I showed up otherwise you'd have nobody to interview, right?" Well, not unless Susan Sarandon shows up. She's not in this movie either, but she's somebody.

"No, I'm not actually in this movie... but I bet you're glad I showed up otherwise you'd have nobody to interview, right?" Well, not unless Susan Sarandon shows up. She's not in this movie either, but she's somebody.

If the lady in the black beret on the left is Susan Sarandon, then (a) that's pretty awesome - I've now photographed (the side of the head of) Susan Sarandon, and (b) How did Susan Sarandon get past me and the rabid column of autograph dealers I'm surrounded by?

If the lady in the black beret on the left is Susan Sarandon, then (a) that's pretty awesome - I've now photographed (the side of the head of) Susan Sarandon, and (b) How did Susan Sarandon get past me and the rabid column of autograph dealers I'm surrounded by?

Why not try to see if you can find Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, and Ewan MacGregor in this picture. (You can't? Yes, that's because only George Clooney is at this premiere). What's more, he's actually blending in, in a way that you wouldn't think possible. Why... people of his calibre and fame could be walking, unnoticed, among us! All the time, even!


Why not try to see if you can find Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, and Ewan MacGregor in this picture. (You can't? Yes, that's because only George Clooney is at this premiere). What's more, he's actually blending in, in a way that you wouldn't think possible. Why... people of his calibre and fame could be walking, unnoticed, among us! All the time, even!

I'm not sure who this is, but if it's not one of the cast then I'd go with Director, Composer, Producer or head of catering. (Me, 2014 : research shows : he's writer Jon Ronson. Plus I missed the director and screenwriter)

I'm not sure who this is, but if it's not one of the cast then I'd go with Director, Composer, Producer or head of catering. (Me, 2014 : research shows : he's writer Jon Ronson. Plus I missed the director and screenwriter)

This is not Kevin Spacey. It's John Hurt, who was also at yesterday's premiere despite not being in that movie. Or this one.

This is not Kevin Spacey. It's John Hurt, who was also at yesterday's premiere despite not being in that movie. Or this one.

This man is not Kevin Spacey. His very good looking date is... also not Kevin Spacey (or IS she?)

This man is not Kevin Spacey. His very good looking date is... also not Kevin Spacey (or IS she?)

She's Hofit Golan, and based on extensive web research her occupation appears to be 'Israeli Socialite"). The guy she's with is, or may be, a choreographer called "Ben Friedman"

She's Hofit Golan, and based on extensive web research her occupation appears to be 'Israeli Socialite"). The guy she's with is, or may be, a choreographer called "Ben Friedman"

Interestingly I've since learned that Spacey WAS at the premiere, he simply chose not to walk the Red Carpet to get into the cinema. Which is... well... kind of disappointing.

But, no problem - a guy can never have too many photos of George Clooney. (In theory). And it means yet another premiere to add to "My archive of movie premieres", which is no bad thing.

Until next time! (Which given it's London Film Festival, should be pretty soon)

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