HOLLYWOOD — Albert Brooks was in heavy schmooze mode by Monday night’s bow for “The In-Laws,” the second of back-to-back premieres for the thesp. The debut followed Sunday afternoon’s “Finding Nemo” launch.
“I feel like the Leonardo DiCaprio of the summer,” said Brooks.
He added that he was “most proud of” making a film in a season “filled with movies for under-18-year-olds that people over 30 can go laugh at.”
While director Andrew Fleming had nothing to do with “Nemo” (“Though I draw and I love fish”), he said his film also takes place in a slightly unreal world.
“I like the tone of accentuated reality,” said the helmer. “I like when you push the emotional level to into an absurd area.”
Speaking of accentuated reality, the preem came the night rumors of “The Matrix Reloaded” co-writer/director Larry Wachowski’s alternative lifestyle was hitting the press. Most of the crowd took the news of his wearing a dress to the pic’s L.A. premiere in stride. One guest greeted the gossip with the dead-pan line: “Good. We need more female action directors.”
Among those on hand were Warner’s Alan Horn, Jeff Robinov, Dawn Taubin and Dan Fellman; producers Bill Gerber, Elie Samaha and Joel Simon; star Michael Douglas with Catherine Zeta-Jones; screenwriter Nat Maudlin; plus guests Jeffrey Katzenberg, Leonard Goldberg, Sheryl Boone Isaacs, Toni Howard, John Burnham, Jessica Pilch, Larry David and original “In-Laws” helmer Arthur Hiller.