Look! Real Fans
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Berlin (Germany), April 15th, 2009
That saying brought tears of laughter to my face. Would it have come from a child, but nope it came from passing by adult tourists while at that time there was only one row of fans and we weren't even clad in Star Trek uniforms.
I arrived around 1pm at the Sony Center and only a small group of fans had secured a spot behind the barriers. My friend had actually planned to have lunch somewhere but my restless mind forced me to also secure a spot. Thus the meal turned out to be another premiere MacDonald's menu.
Security was truly relaxed this time and I had high hopes that the premier would run more smoothly than the disaster at the James Bond premiere last year where I was not allowed to take pictures.
Now to the contrary we received advice to place ourselves at a different spot, since the, although blue carpet reached to the Sony Center entrance, the stars would be driven right to the front of the press tribune. Since we did indeed – moving to a better spot.
Right on time at 6 pm Steven Gaetchen (also known as our man at the red carpet to Oscar night viewers) started to stir up the fans and the first invited guests marched over the carpet. Of course there were roars from the professional photographers (almost all male) when one of the self-promoting starlets arrived. Those come to many premieres just to promote themselves and their bodies.
The first of the main cast to arrive was Zachary Quinto (Spock), climbed out of the car, turned three times around himself and literally fled to the press tribune, similar to what Eric Bana had done at the Troy premiere in 2004. LOL, every beginning is difficult and premieres have to getting used to as well.
Then in a series of black limousines lined up like being on a string Chris Pine (Kirk), Karl Urban (Dr. McCoy), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), John Cho (Sulu), Eric Bana (Nero) and J.J. Abrams (director) were spat out. It was only natural that the cast all went directly to the press tribune since between them and us there still were the cars. But all instantly made hand movements announcing to come over shortly.
I didn't expect Simon Pegg to be there because he was not on any of the guest lists and that was what I told him when he stood grinning in front of me. He only said he didn't even know himself. All were game to give autographs and were well prepared by carrying their own silver pen.
Chris Pine couldn't stop smiling and took pictures of us while we were taking pictures of him. More versed are of course Karl Urban and Eric Bana who do know the premiere game by now. Karl Urban also amazed with his German language skills when he greeted the invited guests at the cinema from the stage.
A true highlight was J.J. Abrams who was greeted with great cheering. Actually quite unusual for a director or producer but he was so approachable, wrote so many autographs, took so many pictures with fans and was simply just nice that I think that non LOST fans will become fans now let alone watch the Star Trek movie at a cinema.
I belong to the age group that did grow up with the original Star Trek series. It is a piece of childhood which some of the journalist simply don't get. While the cast made the way through interviews and posing Steven Gaetchen gave away premiere tickets. They showed the faces of the happy fans on the Sony Center screen. One thanked even his creator to much laughter from the rest of us.
With the images of the cast on the cinema's stage on the Sony Center screen the premiere died away. It was a good premiere.
Right at the end I had a personal encounter of the Third Kind. One of the security people apologised for not letting me take pictures at the James Bond premiere and he proceeded to give me a hint what the next big premiere would be at Berlin: Transformers