There was more ribbing than smooching at Warner Bros. preem of “Death to Smoochy” on Thursday at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.
Recalling helmer Danny DeVito’s more grueling directions, star Robin Williams said, “For the closing credits of the film, we’re flying around on wires. Danny couldn’t help but yell, ‘Again, but faster!’ I’m like ‘Hey, yo! These ropes are giving me a bad rub in the tights!’ ”
DeVito exclaimed, “When I wind up with footage of Robin in the editing room, I feel like a sultan in a tentful of beautiful women. There are so many choices.”
After “Smoochy” opens March 29, the only score Williams wants to settle, he said sarcastically, is “to take the film to Cannes and piss off that French Olympics judge!”
Among those who stampeded to the screening party at the Hotel Jerome were pic’s stars Catherine Keener and Ed Norton with Salma Hayek; producer Andrew Lazar; scribe Adam Resnick; and guests Mike Binder, Catherine O’Hara, Trey Parker, Rhea Perlman, George Schlatter, Matt Stone, Oliver Stone and Lily Tomlin.