Warner Bros. yanked everybody’s food chain at Monday night’s Village Westwood premiere of “Deep Blue Sea”: After watching sharks devour people in the film, guests were invited to turn the tables by devouring sushi, salmon and shellfish.
Aside from Spago’s swell food, the post-preem party featured something that’s been rare at summer preems: partygoers were enthusing about the film they’d just seen.
At the bustling fete, helmer Renny Harlin hailed the collaborative and supportive WB execs like Lorenzo di Bonaventura. “Warner Bros. is known for these big star vehicles, but Lorenzo was a great sup-porter of casting it with unknowns. We felt the movie is the star.”
Which is not to belittle the pic’s topliners, like Thomas Jane and Saffron Burrows. Asked about the endless physical demands of the role, Jane laughed, “I’m a fast learner.” As for her water scenes, Burrows admitted that, like most Brits, she didn’t do a lot of swimming growing up in London: “We like to sit in a pub instead.”
Gathering compliments were studio execs Bob Daly, Brad Ball and Jeff Robinov, cast members Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J, Jacqueline McKenzie and Stellan Skarsgard, producers Alan Riche, Tony Ludwig and Akiva Goldsman. Other guests included Alan Cumming, Sylvester Stallone, Casper Van Dien and Kathy Najimy.