Amid an army of young Leonardo DiCaprio fans, United Artists premiered “The Man in the Iron Mask” at the Ziegfeld Theater and a star-studded party at the New York Public Library Monday. Aside from a wide-ranging guest list that included everyone from Sharon Stone to Val Kilmer to “Diary of Anne Frank” star Natalie Portman to New York Giants head coach Jim Fassell, UA stocked the party with its entire cast.
The guy everyone wanted to see, “Titanic” star DiCaprio, seemed to shy away from the throng, while Musketeers Gabriel Byrne, Gerard Depardieu, John Malkovich and Jeremy Irons milled about.
First-time director Randall Wallace, who wrote the script after getting an Oscar nomination for scripting “Braveheart,” still seemed somewhat in awe of the actors who signed up for the project.
“This was an act of faith. It’s this bold movie that puts its heart and values right out in front,” said Wallace. “When we finished production and everyone was packing up, I ran into John Malkovich and we both couldn’t say anything. We just both welled up with tears and hugged. That to me was the best four-star review I could ever hope for.”
UA president Lindsay Doran said the film was exactly the kind of grand-scale project she wants her studio involved in. “It’s the kind of movie that got me interested in movies,” said Doran, who was flanked by studio topper Frank Mancuso and MGM president Michael Nathanson.