High-wattage onscreen makes up for delay
HOLLYWOOD — The preem of Disney’s “Reign of Fire” was a Dark Ages event in many respects.A 600-watt fuse blew two minutes before the curtain was supposed to go up at Westwood’s Village, leaving stars Christian Bale, Izabella Scorupco, Scott James Moutter, helmer Rob Bowman and guests in the dark. During the 45-minute wait, attendees such as Disney’s Oren Aviv, Richard Cook, Chuck Viane, Nina Jacobson, and Spyglass’ Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber and Jonathan Glickman saw lights flicker as technicians tried to restore power. Finally the futuristic dragon saga lit up the screen, allowing audience members to take in a furious fistfight between Bale and absent star Matthew McConaughey. “We both said we were sick of seeing movies where the fights are clean and tidy, so we made it messy,” said Bale, who absorbed a real head butt that left him with “a welt on my forehead that made me look like the Elephant Man for a couple of days.” Illuminating the Napa Valley Grill after-party were guests Tia Carrere, Bradley Cooper, David Duchovny, David Krumholtz, Robert Patrick and John Ritter.
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