Surreal happenings with leather, okra at the 'Brother' preem
It doesn’t get much more surreal than watching leather-clad starlets picking at plates of fried okra and listening to Depression-era bluegrass bands at the party following Tuesday night’s Gotham premiere of the Coen Brothers’ “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”But then the Coens, whose quirky subject matter and subtle humor has won them a phalanx of admirers in the biz, have never shied from the unusual. “There are only a couple of true originals in the whole world, and they’re two of them,” gushed pic’s star George Clooney. “Everything they do is cool.” The party, held at the Supper Club in midtown Manhattan, featured live performances from several artists featured in the film, including Alison Krauss and bluegrass band Union Station. Even co-star Tim Blake Nelson got into the act, reprising his film perf singing “In the Jailhouse Now,” with Clooney and third co-star John Turturro backing him up with a vaudevillian dance routine. The performances were in keeping with the heavy influence of Depression-era music had on the filmmakers, director and co-writer Joel Coen said. “Very early in the writing process the music started to inform the whole story and idea of what the movie was going to be about,” he said. Also on the scene were Disney Studios chairman Peter Schneider; producer and co-writer Ethan Coen; co-exec producer Tim Bevan; cast member Stephen Root; soundtrack producer T Bone Burnett; and guests Ben Barenholtz, Steve Buscemi, Julianna Margulies, Cheri Oteri and Barry Sonnenfeld.