Thursday something that usually never ever happens in Vienna, well, happened.
We had a proper Hollywood, big name stars (.. star, singular, really) movie premiere.
Tom Cruise, after having filmed parts of the newest Mission: Impossible in and on our State Opera, apparently liked it so much he decided that's where he wanted to hold the world premiere of said movie.
I would have loved to watch a movie at the State Opera, especially this one, since I very much enjoyed the previous parts and also watched them film Tom Cruise hurl himself off the side of the building. But alas, no such luck.
I did win tickets for the fan zone though, a fenced off area in front of the Opera where a limited number of fans could watch the stars walk the red carpet.
Part of the red carpet was a staircase, erected specifically for this occasion (and blocking the view of half the Opera House). The Children's Opera got covered too (but in this case that's a good thing).
With space limited, the mobile unit of the Red Cross drove segways.
|Presumably, if something happens and they have to cart you off, they hoist their backpacks and strap you into the thus empty holding area ..|
Before the whole show started properly, various TV channels filmed their introduction on the red carpet and a few excited looking hosts took their selfies with the crowd.
On that note, if you watched the live stream and found the crowd looked a little unenthusiastic, they really weren't, it was just the weather. When everything finally started off we'd all already been roasting in the sun for a good while.
The main hosts were Jenni Falconer and Steven Gätjen. Steven is one of the few people I actually recognized. He's the German live reporter for the Academy Awards and, more importantly, he used to host Disney Filmparade (a weekly Disney show).
Though I couldn't see much from my spot I could tell whereabouts they were from which parts of the crowd seemed to go a bit crazy.
Even when they got closer and even though I was pretty close to the front I didn't get to see more than a few glimpses when I got on tiptoes.
|This is my best shot of Simon Pegg during his photo/autograph session.|
A girl I'd been talking to before realized then "oh, but it's your guy" and since she was taller and a bit closer tried to get a good shot with my camera. You can see a good deal more of the crowd on her photos, but about as much of Simon as in above picture. It was nice of her though.
(And I don't know why my brain hates me so much, but as soon as I talk to English speaking people it decides to forget everything we've ever learned. I had problems remembering such very difficult words like "suits" and "offices" -_- )
A good deal later Tom Cruise arrived at our spot.
Can you see him?
Yeah well, neither could I.
That's the problem with me being 1.60 m (5'3"), him 1.70 m (5'7"), and the people between us taller.
While Tom Cruise was only about halfway through with signing and picture-taking, Simon Pegg had already changed into his suit.
Talking about the car chase (real screaming, no acting required there) Pegg managed to get in Top Gun (I almost wrote Top Gear there):
He feels the need .. the need for speed!
During one of the questions Simon noticed the people watching from the house opposite and waved up at them. Don't ask me why this gets a special mention, everyone waved at everyone, but that somehow really stuck.
Talking about that house though, and while I'm happy for the people in there getting a great view, this is one of my other minor annoyances. Vienna, as mentioned over and over by the host and the stars, is beautiful. It really is. Unfortunately the office building across the Opera House is far from it. And from what I got to see on the screen they managed to get that building into way too many shots of the red carpet. You'd think they'd set the cameras up so when they film the stars arriving and posing they have the Opera in the background.
After having finished with the fans (and I'm not kidding when I say I'm pretty sure he took a picture with and/or autographed something for everyone who managed to get to barrier) it was Tom Cruise's turn on stage.
I think what got Tom grinning there was when a fan answered the question "how did Ethan Hunt change during the years" with a loud "he got sexier".
What I love about Tom here was that, unlike all the others, he wasn't turned towards Gätjen the whole time he was interviewed. He just grabbed the mic from the host and turned every which way while answering, so everyone could get a proper look at him. (That's also why he's squinting in most of the pictures: when he turned our way he looked directly into the sun.)
No matter what nutter he may be in his private life, in his professional one he is brilliant. I personally think he's a great actor, and judging by accounts of people who've met him and what we saw at the premiere he's a total ace when it comes to fans.
|Don Granger, Dana Goldberg and David Ellison|
Director Christopher McQuarry greatest fear while filming the plane stunt were birds. I hadn't even thought of that, but yeah, that could have had a messy ending.
I don't know much about Rebecca Ferguson but she seemed really cute.
The most important people apart from the actors were the guys handing out bottles of water. You were allowed to bring a 0,5l bottle into the fan zone, but cuddling with a bunch of people in a 33°C weather that one bottle really wasn't enough. So thanks to whoever paid for those Vöslauers and ta very much to the guys handing them out. Lifesavers, all of you.
|This wasn't "our" water guy, but I was to squeezed in to take a picture of him.|
So while I got neither a picture with, nor an autograph of either Tom or Simon (I did manage to get a sunburn though) it was a fun afternoon :)