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March 15, 2007

Tonight! We Dine! In London!

Empire's at the 300 premiere...

Zack Snyder is a happy man. His stunning visual adaptation of Frank Miller’s 300 broke US box-office records last weekend, taking in $70 million – which, for a movie with a budget of $65 million, isn’t half bad. The critics have been silenced and those bronzed Spartan nutters are well and truly in charge. In fact, tonight they’ve taken over Leicester Square. As have the legions of fans who’ve assembled, camera phones in the attack position, pens poised and scraps of paper blowing in the wind, each one ready to lunge for Gerard Butler’s torso the second the 300 cast begin their celebratory parade down the red carpet. But look, here comes two Spartan soldiers, and they’ve brought Queen Gorgo with them…

“This is really, really fabulous”, says a very elegant Lena Headey, “I actually really admire who she is”, added the actress when commenting on her 300 character: “She’s strong, independent and handles things pretty well. I really liked her”.

“I bulked up and now I’ve shrunk”, revealed David Wenham, who plays the defiant Dilios: “Physically, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. We seriously trained to push the body to the limit…but it was well worth it”.

Hot on the heels of the messenger and the Queen was King Leonidas himself. Bounding into the cinema, Gerard Butler’s smile soon turned to a grimace as he moved forward to come (jokingly) face-to-face with one or two over-snappy photographers – you can take the man out of Sparta…

“This is nuts”, exclaimed Butler. “There’s a lot of people out there and they are all screaming. It’s amazing but it’s very stressful as well, because there’s thousands of people and you only sign about ten or fifteen autographs, but people are shouting, “I’ve come all the way from America!!” – it makes you feel like a bag of s**t!”

And what about his experiences playing the toughest dude currently gracing the big screen? “I’ve worked very hard on various different jobs, but I’ve never done anything that comes close to this”, revealed the actor: “The whole project became a thing unto itself. By the end of the first month I was training for six hours a day with two separate trainers. On top of that, I was working with the stunt guys out in the valley in L.A. …in 120-degree heat. But I don’t think this movie is just about being a meathead. The Spartans were about endurance, strength and confidence. With all that training, I could stand there and feel like I, we, could take on the world”.

300 will continue to conquer the planet when it opens in the UK next Friday (March 23).

Thank you Cassie! :thankyou:

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“This is nuts”, exclaimed Butler. “There’s a lot of people out there and they are all screaming. It’s amazing but it’s very stressful as well, because there’s thousands of people and you only sign about ten or fifteen autographs, but people are shouting, “I’ve come all the way from America!!” – it makes you feel like a bag of s**t!”

This sort of thing makes me so mad! It was his night! He shouldn't be made to feel guilty because he couldn't sign all those autographs!

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I'm feeling steamed up right now. This man obviously cares so much for his fans that he feels THIS bad when he cannot grant all their wishes. Gerry will have no choice now but to toughen up.... he'll have to in order to keep from feeling like a "bag of sh*t" when he can't be everything to everyone.

This is all about him, people.... not about fans getting a photo or autograph.

Swannie

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I agree, what's the guy to do? Sign autographs and take pics for everyone?? He'd never make it into the theatre. I feel bad that he feels like a bag of sh**. He shouldn't be made to feel like that on his night.

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I'm feeling steamed up right now. This man obviously cares so much for his fans that he feels THIS bad when he cannot grant all their wishes. Gerry will have no choice now but to toughen up.... he'll have to in order to keep from feeling like a "bag of sh*t" when he can't be everything to everyone.

This is all about him, people.... not about fans getting a photo or autograph.

Swannie

To hear that he feels bad makes him more of a normal person with feelings, not an actor but a caring person. Wow he never stops amazing me. I hope he stays the way he is and that the fame that he has acquire doesnt go to his head.

Gerry you are the best!!!!!

I've been to a couple of premieres and its all about luck when it comes to getting an autograph. Either you get it or you don't but you can always say that you where about 100 feet, something like that, to the actor. Lighten up people geez.

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I think he was just expressing to his fans his frustration that he would like to get to them all but it's impossible. I don't think you're ever gonna calm down hundreds of fans that are anxious to get close to the stars that they either idolize or admire...whichever word you want to use! It's a shame but it's the way it is...

:wave: Fran

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I really feel sorry for him. At the LA premiere, after he signed a few autographs, he had to go, but one pushy person kept shouting after him, and later wanted everyone to yell his name several times in the hopes that he would come back. I'm sure he didn't feel too good about that one either.

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I really feel sorry for him. At the LA premiere, after he signed a few autographs, he had to go, but one pushy person kept shouting after him, and later wanted everyone to yell his name several times in the hopes that he would come back. I'm sure he didn't feel too good about that one either.

It's those fans that make it bad for the fans that know how to act in public and know how to show him respect to the fact although you admire him for his talent and other things :cunning: .....the truth is ...he's only human!

:kisswink: Fran

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Guest greyeyegoddess

You also have to realize that now that Gerry is big, it's not only fans who bother Gerry. In the last Leno fan video, it was a professional autograph hunter that got Gerry really upset.

There are people who come to the sites to find out where Gerry is, but never post-never get to know the fans, never want to be known. But I know they are out there, because I've met them.

I really don't care if people go to support Gerry's work. He needs it from his fans. If I could afford to support Gerry everywhere, I would. But.....it's when you expect to be noticed that is a problem.

I know I'm going to be blasted, but I don't see anything wrong with someone saying that they are from America, or France, or India, or Japan. How do we know that person wanted an autograph? The person could have been just shouting to let Gerry know that he had supporters from far away, coming to see his premiere.

But I will add that if you have to go from the US to London to get an autograph...well...that's sad, in my opinion.

~alice

:music:

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You also have to realize that now that Gerry is big, it's not only fans who bother Gerry. In the last Leno fan video, it was a professional autograph hunter that got Gerry really upset.

There are people who come to the sites to find out where Gerry is, but never post-never get to know the fans, never want to be known. But I know they are out there, because I've met them.

I really don't care if people go to support Gerry's work. He needs it from his fans. If I could afford to support Gerry everywhere, I would. But.....it's when you expect to be noticed that is a problem.

I know I'm going to be blasted, but I don't see anything wrong with someone saying that they are from America, or France, or India, or Japan. How do we know that person wanted an autograph? The person could have been just shouting to let Gerry know that he had supporters from far away, coming to see his premiere.

But I will add that if you have to go from the US to London to get an autograph...well...that's sad, in my opinion.

~alice

:music:

Alice I whole heartily agree with you!! I wonder if they were letting him know that they just happened to be fans in that particular Country mentioned! I gotta be honest here and tell you I am not sure that I wouldn't get over excited at seeing G in the flesh....I know I wouldn't get in his face but I might squeek out his name in my little timid voice.... Boy I hope my sister doesn't read this! :cunning:

:kisswink: Fran

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People are actually shouting that stuff at him? As if coming all the way from America entitles them to him?

Gahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

These people will never learn!

Swannie

I hate to trot out my usual hobby-horse again ... but there are just some people out there with a huge sense of entitlement. On top of that, there are some folk who want to use the fact that they've met Gerry (particularly if they could afford to travel a great distance to do so) to make themselves feel bigger or more important. It's sad, really, because the *only* thing Gerry owes us is the movies he makes for a living.

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