For show-and-tell on Monday, Warner Bros. had a car-racing demonstration on a closed-off section of Hollywood Boulevard and then unspooled “Driven” at Mann’s Chinese Theater.
Among the fans lining the boulevard was pic’s helmer, Renny Harlin. “It was a 10-year dream for me to combine car racing and filmmaking,” he said, adding he’s been following car racing all his life. “Usually when I make one of these big movies, by the end I am so tired that I just want to finish shooting. But this one, I was actually sad when the shooting ended, because it was really like being a kid again.”
Cast member Kip Pardue, who went from football (“Remember the Titans”) to race cars, said he sometimes finds himself watching the track over the gridiron.
Til Schweiger agreed. “I do not sit there every Sunday in front of the screen, but I am a fan now,” the German thesp said.
Following the preem, guests raced over to the party at the Sunset Room, sponsored by CART, Hugo Boss and the Laureus World Sports Awards.
Among those driven to the preem were WB honchos Alan Horn, Barry Meyer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan Fellman; exec producers Don Carmody, Kevin King and Andrew Stevens; producer Elie Samaha; pic’s star Sylvester Stallone with wife Jennifer Flavin, co-stars Stacy Edwards, Cristian de la Fuente and Estella Warren; plus guests Dean Cain, Topher Grace, LL Cool J, Rose McGowan and the Rock.