October 8th, 2019.
First off, I just want to say a heartfelt thank you to the guys at Pace Prestige, who do security at these events. In spite of things I might have said, thought, and communicated about the process by which they distribute wristbands and load pens, they were actually genuinely helpful people today. People are more than organisations.
Secondly, while I’m already doing impossible things like apologising in journals that next to nobody reads, this was an interesting premiere for me. They say Never Meet Your Heroes - and for good reason, as they can only really meet but in all likelihood fall short of your high expectations. But what about meeting your ENEMY? Is that ever a good idea? Weirdly, and kind of inevitably, the answer is : YES, you SHOULD meet your enemy (even if they don’t know they are)
Here’s how it went down (note : the anti-Star Wars comments are just a bit of fun):
So that was that! The end of a long, strange day, where I went from #18 on a 6:40am list to ALONE in Leicester Square futilely looking for a security person even onsite to hand out wristbands at 9:15am after they’d started handing them out some 20minutes earlier and simply vanished…. to wristband #89 at NOON…. to somehow mysteriously finding it off my wrist (not kidding.. no idea how it happened) at about 5:00pm… to being led into a late pen, front row, fourth from the media, at about 6:00pm.
… and then I met Rian Johnson and he was nice and signed my Moleskine and I didn’t say anything REALLY stupid! …. and tomorrow I’ll get to do a variation of this again! And again, hopefully four more times after that.