New Line gave “A Man Apart” the full preem treatment Tuesday, with little sign of wartime clampdown. Yes, there was a red carpet at the Chinese Theater; yes, an after-party followed in the usual fashion.
“We’re not trying to adjust to circumstances,” topper Bob Shaye said. “There’s nothing inappropriate in this film for these times.”
“As long as people are still going to theaters, it’s reasonable to believe a variety of genres will be viable despite the war,” said production prexy Toby Emmerich. “We can release other movies besides comedies.”
Domestic marketing chief Russell Schwartz said all the studios were asked by the TV networks if they wanted their spots to run during war coverage, “and we were fine with that. I think it would be different if it was 24/7 coverage, but that isn’t the case now.”
Headliner Vin Diesel fielded a couple of questions about the war (“I wouldn’t want anyone to suppose that I know better than the next person because I’m a celebrity,” he said), but for the most part the TV crews asked if there was anything he would say to the troops. His reply: “We want them to come home safely.”
Diesel said he would hit the talkshow circuit this week, pausing to add, “I wonder how I’ll feel.”
Among those at the Highlands after-party were New Line’s Mark Ordesky, Rolf Mittweg and David Tuckerman; producers Tucker Tooley, Vincent Newman and Joey Nittolo; director F. Gary Gray; stars Larenz Tate, Steve Eastin and Timothy Olyphant; plus guests Magic Johnson, Jim Wiatt, Angela Bassett, Omar Epps, Noel de Souza, Dennis Franz and Sugar Shane Mosley.