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The Los Angeles Kong: Skull Island premiere seemed like it was DJ’ed from your dad’s vinyl collection.
AC/DC, the Who and Creedence Clearwater Revival blasted over Hollywood Boulevard as the guests and stars of the Warner Bros. and Legendary feature filed onto a teal carpet. Some Led Zeppelin was thrown in, for good measure.
Skull Island is the latest Kong iteration, this time set in post-Vietnam 1970s, following a ragtag group of scientists and a military unit on a survey mission of an uncharted island inhabited by the titular ape.
“Never in your wildest actor dreams do you end up at a huge premiere of a King Kong movie and be in it,” said Samuel L. Jackson, who plays the lieutenant colonel leading the island expedition.
Castmembers Thomas Mann, Jason Mitchell, John Goodman and Corey Hawkins were joined by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi and Silicon Valley stars Kumail Nanjiani and Thomas Middleditch for the Wednesday night screening at the Dolby Theatre.
The screening took place on International Women’s Day, and star Brie Larson showed her support, appearing on the carpet in a red dress, while her date, fiance Alex Greenwald, wore a red flower in his lapel.
In Skull Island, Larson plays a war photographer.
“Getting to play a character that is so strong and complex and interesting and paying tribute to women that were journalists before her was really great,” said Larson.
Skull Island also stars Tom Hiddleston, who took pictures with fans who were seated in bleachers at the end of the carpet, some wearing “Kong Loves L.A.” T-shirts.
The controlled chaos of the Hollywood premiere was a new experience for director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who was handed the reigns to the $100 million-plus monster franchise film after having only directed the well-received coming-of-age indie Kings of Summer.
“As an indie filmmaker going to a blockbuster, it is so easy to wonder if you will be able to maintain your voice or maintain something that touches people in a big world like this,” Vogt-Roberts told Heat Vision, while fake fog from a smoke machine filled the area behind him and scaffolding held up giant letters spelling out K-O-N-G.
He added: “But I grew up on big movies that were made at a time when big movies had such soul to them. It’s only now that big movies have such a stigma associated with them.”
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