You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Rouge’ crowd talks to audience

Front row femme gets lucky at Q&A

HOLLYWOOD — Director Baz Luhrmann, who has tirelessly stumped for Fox’s “Moulin Rouge,” came to the Egyptian Theater with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor Monday to participate in a panel discussion.

Moderator Peter Bart, Daily Variety editor-in-chief, started things by saying Luhrmann once told him, “Man doesn’t live by opening nights alone, but he has opened this film everywhere from Tucson to Taiwan.” He then asked Luhrmann to explain his “crusade.”

The “short answer,” something the director admitted he’d never given in his life, was: “My job is to get everything I can to pay the bill to the creative freedom fund.” Then he told the enthusiastic crowd at the American Cinematheque event, “My job is to do everything I can to get audiences to connect to my work.”

“Moulin Rouge,” Luhrmann said, “was up against ‘Mummy 2’ in the middle of ‘Pearl Harbor.’ Japanese Zeroes were in my nightmares.”

Star Kidman said she had no fears when she committed to the pic, even though Luhrmann had no script to show her, just a book of pictures and ideas. “The trepidation came later when I had to deliver for my director.”

However, Monday evening there were only jokes and laughter as one front-row femme asked McGregor for a kiss (and got it, to the envy of many others in the audience) and another offered a long, rambling question asking if the actor thought about acting in the post-modern era and got a short but polite “No” in response.

Luhrmann talked about the coming DVD (at Christmas) and the sequel to the soundtrack (in February). “The DVD is my relationship to film,” he said.

More Scene

  • GLSEN Respect Awards

    Gay Actors Talk Sexual Harassment at GLSEN Awards: 'It Definitely Happens'

    HOLLYWOOD — Director Baz Luhrmann, who has tirelessly stumped for Fox’s “Moulin Rouge,” came to the Egyptian Theater with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor Monday to participate in a panel discussion. Moderator Peter Bart, Daily Variety editor-in-chief, started things by saying Luhrmann once told him, “Man doesn’t live by opening nights alone, but he has […]

  • Made By Google

    Rashida Jones, Jaden Smith and More Stars Party at Made by Google Opening Night

    HOLLYWOOD — Director Baz Luhrmann, who has tirelessly stumped for Fox’s “Moulin Rouge,” came to the Egyptian Theater with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor Monday to participate in a panel discussion. Moderator Peter Bart, Daily Variety editor-in-chief, started things by saying Luhrmann once told him, “Man doesn’t live by opening nights alone, but he has […]

  • 'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween' film

    Tyler Perry Hopes 'Boo 2!' Can Help Bring Laughter to Nation's 'Darkness'

    HOLLYWOOD — Director Baz Luhrmann, who has tirelessly stumped for Fox’s “Moulin Rouge,” came to the Egyptian Theater with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor Monday to participate in a panel discussion. Moderator Peter Bart, Daily Variety editor-in-chief, started things by saying Luhrmann once told him, “Man doesn’t live by opening nights alone, but he has […]

  • 'Geostorm' film premiere

    'Geostorm' Director Hopes Harvey Weinstein Scandal Signals 'Sea Change' for Hollywood

    HOLLYWOOD — Director Baz Luhrmann, who has tirelessly stumped for Fox’s “Moulin Rouge,” came to the Egyptian Theater with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor Monday to participate in a panel discussion. Moderator Peter Bart, Daily Variety editor-in-chief, started things by saying Luhrmann once told him, “Man doesn’t live by opening nights alone, but he has […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content