Jim Sheridan took his hosting duties seriously for the Gotham bow of “In America” Nov. 24, greeting every single guest who walked into the stout-soaked after-bash at Cafe St. Bart’s.
By his side were the film’s two young stars: Emma and Sarah Bolger. Emma demanded that Sheridan give the part of her older sister in the film to her real-life sibling, herself no shrinking violet: Sarah sang a live version of the film’s “Desperado” at fete.
Sheridan acknowledged the weighty subject matter in his semi-autobiographical tale –“It’s the same material as ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night,’ which is heavy” — before adding, “but I wanted to keep it buoyant. I wanted to leave the dead behind.”
From the cast, Samantha Morton, Paddy Considine and Djimon Hounsou mingled with guests Bono, who wrote a song for the pic, Jane Alexander, Aidan Quinn (his brother Declan lensed), Wendy Wasserstein, Holly Hunter, Salman Rushdie and Ben Chaplin.