The film geek that I am, I was already excited about going to see the opening night screening of “Hot Fuzz” with a scheduled Q&A after with director Edgar Wright. After the movie, though, the audience was surprised by the appearance of director Eli Roth (“Cabin Fever”, “Hostel”), who pointed out he had nothing to do with “Hot Fuzz”, but was really there to introduce… Jack Black.
Jack Black walked out triumphantly to explain that he also had no hand in “Hot Fuzz”, but was there to introduce… Quentin Tarantino.
As an Angeleno film goer, Tarantino’s presence seems as common as spotting, say Dennis Woodruff or Melrose Larry Green, but still very cool none the less. While his name was in the credits of “Hot Fuzz”, he also explained he was only there to introduce not only director Edgar Wright, but also stars Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (who co-wrote the movie with Wright).
While the Q&A offered little in the way of film insight or gossip, audience members who asked question were hand delivered a DVD of “Bad Boys 2” or “Lethal Weapon” by director Eli Roth, who seemed to relish working as an Arlight page for the evening. Also popping in to wave to the audience was “Hot Fuzz” castmate Paddy Considine (who I remember most from his starring role from “In America”), and Zoe Bell from “Deathproof” (aka Tarantino’s half of “Grindhouse”).
(also in the wings was the most badass p.r. exec ever, Paulette Osorio from Rogue Pictures.)
Quentin Tarantino kept the audience (and cast) hostage by refusing to end the Q&A until he could reward three more DVDs to people who asked questions he deemed worthy.
I’m sure other readers here were present at the 5pm or 8pm screenings, so I’ll let them fill in any details…