Margot Robbie Talks Time's Up at 'Terminal' Premiere
The film-noir, femme protagonist premiere saw the actress, alongside co-stars Simon Pegg and Mike Myers and director Vaughn Stein, on the pink carpet on Tuesday night.
The premiere of Terminal, starring Oscar-nominated actress Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg and Mike Myers, on Tuesday night brought a neon film-noir essence to ArcLight Hollywood. The topic on everyone’s mind: the timeliness of Robbie’s powerful character, Annie, and the ripple effects of the #MeToo movement.
“We made this movie two years ago, very much before the #MeToo and Time's Up movement, and it’s interesting to see how some things have become far more relevant and topical since then,” Robbie told The Hollywood Reporter. “Pre- or post-Time's Up movement, I’m always in favor of a badass female who is the last woman standing.”
Terminal, Vaughn Stein’s five-year-long project and LuckyChap Entertainment’s first production, follows the interconnected storylines of a teacher, a pair of murderers, a train station janitor and a curious all-night-diner waitress. The premiere saw the familiar presence of Pegg (who was recently seen in Ready Player One) and the “about to lose [his] mind from excitement” face of director Stein, both of which expanded on the film’s strong female focus.
“In this climate, when women are being empowered to speak out against their abusers and step forward and be emboldened by each other, this film is about a woman who is getting her own back for a variety of different abuses,” Pegg explained to THR. “It’s a post-Time's Up movie, and it feels like it’s something that needs to be said.”
Stein echoed Pegg’s remarks. “I think people are doing an unbelievable job of bringing this issue to the forefront,” he said. “It’s incredible, the energy and the momentum. We are very proud to make a film that is female-centric.”
The Alice in Wonderland-inspired pic not only employed a powerhouse female figure like Robbie, but called on one of Hollywood’s finest character actors to bring the anonymous city of Terminal to life in Myers. Gracing the pink carpet with his animated persona, the actor told THR that the whirlwind of family life and red carpet is “bizarre and fun, and the happiest time of my life.”
Adding that his film choices are now “approved” by his three children (ages 6, 4 and 2), Myers laughed when relating that his son keeps asking him when the fourth Austin Powers will be made. He was greeted by fans of movies like Austin Powers and Shrek.
A brief live-broadcasted Q&A panel followed the film, as did an afterparty at Hollywood’s Escape Hotel, with the venue encapsulating the neon old-Hollywood energy that was weaved through the pic.
Terminal hits theaters and on-demand/digital HD on Friday.