Source: Movieplot – By Ken Anderson
A normal Los Angles event except for one big difference; the perfectly improbable, highly unlikely, positively surreal fact that I was in attendance. Improbable for the reason that I am not in show business (I teach dance); unlikely owing to the fact that, although a film fan, I have NEVER seen a single Arnold Schwarzenegger movie; surreal because, as guests of one of the film’s stars’, UK actress Olivia Williams,my partner and I attended as members of her “entourage” and were afforded VIP seats to the movie premiere and admission to the after-party. What kick!
Sabotage, as reads the official synopsis, stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as head of an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done – until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect. The premiere was held at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live (yes, that’s the complex’s unwieldy name), where many, if not all, of its theaters were taken over for the celebrity-attended red carpet event on one side, and a promotional advance screening on the other.
The red carpet was lined with one of those sponsor promo walls against which stars get to pose while simultaneously advertising Budweiser, and oversize Sabotage posters which afforded the screaming fans barricaded across the street a picket-fence glimpse of their favorite stars as they walked the press gauntlet. For those of us in attendance hoping to be spared the wall of puzzled stares, angry PR reps, and inevitable choruses of “Who’s that?” sure to greet any attempt to personally partake of the red carpet experience, there was a red carpet-adjacent walkway lined with smiling ushers … in all, a far cheerier alternative to the bank of voracious-looking paparazzi.
As for the experience of my first Hollywood premiere, I have to say that it was every bit as fun and glamorous as I always thought it would be.
Oh, and as for the title of this post, it might be called misleading, but it isn’t false. Michael Jackson, or, more accurately, his music, was indeed instrumental in getting me into the Sabotage premiere. For it about six years ago when Olivia Williams and her husband, actor Rhashan Stone, first took my old-school funk dance class (see if you can spot Williams in the clip) – a class that just happened on that day to be devoted entirely to Michael Jackson. both being huge Jackson fans, they soon after became class regulars, then friends, ultimately resulting in my being graciously invited to dress uncomfortably and attend my first movie premiere in style. Thank you Olivia Williams, and thank you Michael Jackson.
Sabotage opens at theaters March 28, 2014.