The big surprise this trip was no doubt Jack Bauer himself Kiefer Sutherland, who is currently filming 24: Live Another Day in the capital. I was quite lucky that I was tipped off by a fellow collector that Kiefer was at least spending the evening in Claridges Hotel, because the stayed private this time. As always he was extremely friendly and he talked quite some time to us. He signed my big poster of 24 (finally) and the poster of Pompeii and a large photo of Jack Bauer. He also posed for a new photo. This actually made my trip completely, although the trip wouldn't have been bad without meeting this TV-legend!
woensdag 9 april 2014
The other reason I went to London this time was the London premiere of the new epic movie Noah, starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone and Emma Watson. Unfortunately I was not able to meet Russell Crowe, but I was able to meet all the others...
Academy award winning actress Jennifer Connelly (Blood Diamond, Requiem for A Dream, Hulk) signed my poster of Noah and a picture of herself and she also posed for a picture with me, which made me very happy.
Ray Winstone (Indiana Jones 4, King Arthur, Sexy Beast) plays the villain in Noah. He signed my poster and posed for a photo. And that was also a picture I wanted for years...
Apart from them Darren Aronofsky, Logan Lerman and Emma Watson signed my poster.
While I was waiting for only a few minutes at the Dorchester Hotel it was a big surprise that Hugh Jackman turned up and he was in a good mood! He signed my photo of Wolverine and posed for a picture with me. Nice meeting you again you Hugh!
One of the actual reasons I went to London this time was the Empire Awards, which I attended three years in a row now. The problem with these awards is that you actually never know who is going to attend them, because a lot of the nominees aren't even going to these awards so it is very difficult to prepare for them. This year, completely different then last year, the actual stars that walked the red carpet were pretty good!
Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible, The Last Samurai, Top Gun) was awarded the "Legend Of Our Lifetime" award and when he arrived he signed my Edge Of Tomorrow poster and posed for a photo.
Another surprise this afternoon was the arrival of the Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger which was impossible to get a picture with at the red carpet. Fortunately for me he did sign and he signed my poster of The Expendables 2.
Jared Harris is mostly known for his roles in Sherlock Holmes 2, Pompeii and ofcourse the TV-show Mad Men. He signed my posters of Pompeii, Mad Men and The Mortal Instruments and posed for a photo.
Emma Thompson (Love Actually, Harry Potter, Nanny McPhee) signed my DVD-cover of Love Actually and a photo of herself. She was also willing to pose for a photo.
Logan Lerman (Noah, The Three Musketeers, Percy Jackson) signed my poster of The Three Musketeers and posed for a photo.
Douglas Booth (Noah, Romeo & Juliet, The Pillars Of The Earth) signed my poster of Noah, my booklet of The Pillars Of The Earth and a picture of himself before posing for a photo with me.
James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class, Atonement, Filth) signed two photos and posed for a photo with me.
Aidan Turner (The Hobbit, The Mortal Instruments) signed my poster of The Hobbit, a picture of himself and posed for a photo.
Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark in Game Of Thrones) signed my poster of Game Of Thrones and posed for a photo.
Thomas Sangster (Game Of Thrones, Love Actually, Tristan & Isolde) signed my poster of Game Of Thrones and posed for a photo.
Edgar Wright (The World's End, Hot Fuzz, Shaun Of The Dead) signed my poster of The World's End and posed for a photo.
Steve Coogan (Philomena, Alan Partridge) signed a photo and posed for a photo.
Freya Mavor (Skins, Sunshine On Leith) posed for a photo.
Joe Thomas (The Inbetweeners) posed for a photo.
Antonia Thomas (Misfits, Sunshine On Leith) posed for a photo.
Michael Smiley (Kill List, The World's End, Perfume) posed for a photo.
Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Borgias, Snowpiercer) posed for a photo.
Matthew Macfayden (The Pillars Of The Earth, Ripper Street, The Three Musketeers) was currently playing in a play called Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense. When the play was finished he came out of the stagedoor and signed my posters of The Three Musketeers and Robin Hood, my booklet of The Pillars Of The Earth and a few photos before posing for a picture with me.
While I was waiting at the Soho hotel in London I saw a couple of celebrities with whom I made pictures with.
Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Warrior) is always nice to his fans. When he left the hotel together with his dog he was more then willing to pose for a photo with me.
John Hawkes (Contagion, Lincoln) signed my poster of Contagion and also posed for a photo.
Stephen Fry (Alice In Wonderland, The Hobbit) posed for a photo.
zondag 6 april 2014
I visited the stagedoor of the Garrick theatre already last month to meet Robert Vaughn and Jeff Fahey. Because my picture with Robert Vaughn wasn't really good last month I gave it another try. This time he signed my poster of The Towering Inferno and posed for a photo. Luckily for me, this time it was a good picture. Ow Yeah, and Jeff Fahey signed a few more DVD-covers and pictures...
Another theatre I visited was the Hampstead theatre, where Gethin Anthony starred in a series of plays called Vale Of Health. Gethin Anthony is mostly known due to his part of Renly Baratheon in the TV-show Game Of Thrones. He was very friendly, signed my Game Of Thrones poster, a few photos and posed for a picture with me.
When I was in London for the Empire Awards and the U.K. premiere of Naoh, I also visited a few theatre stage doors to meet some celebrities. One of the actresses I wanted to meet was Martha Plimpton, who is mostly known as Stef (her character) in The Goonies. Other than that she also played a mainpart in the TV-show Raising Hope amongst others. When she left via the stagedoor she signed my DVD-cover of the Goonies, a few photo's and she posed for a photo with me.
I decided to go this years Movie Days convention in Germany, mainly because their special guests were people you actually never see anywhere else. At least, I don't think most of them will soon show up at another convention. The convention itself wasn't really worth talking much about, and it clearly that the organisation tried to make as much money out of the guests as they possibly could. Considering the amount of paid visitors, it can be said with a certainty this convention lost money and a lot of it...
Laurence R. Harvey is, at the moment, only known as Martin (the main character) in The Human Centipede 2. Soon, he can also be seen in The Human Centipede 3 in a different role. It was really fun to talk to him about The Human Centipede franchise. I did decide to take part in the photoshoot to capture this moment forever.
Robert LaSardo is mostly known for his parts in movies like Death Race, Leon and Out For Justice. But for me he is mostly known due his part as Escobar Gallardo in the TV-show Nip/Tuck. He was wlso very friendly and we talked a lot about The Human Centipede 3, in which he plays a role. I also did the photoshoot with him.
Josef Altin is mostly known due to his part as Pypar in the TV-Show Game Of Thrones. He signed my poster and posed for a photo.
Don "The Dragon" Wilson is an award winning martial arts master. He also played the main part in a few B-action movies, like the Bloodfist movies. He was more then willing to pose for a photo (for free)
Paul Logan is mostly known because he played the lead actor in B-horror movie Mega Piranha. He was also more then willing to pose for a photo (for free).
Silvio Simac is mostly known due to small parts in movies like Transporter 3, D.O.A. and Undisputed 2.