Peterson-helmed epic bows in Berlin, Gotham
Warner Bros. rolled out a towering Trojan horse for the first of two back-to-back “Troy” preems in Berlin Sunday.
Nearly a thousand screaming fans greeted Brad Pitt, Eric Bana and Wolfgang Petersen at the world premiere of “Troy” in Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz.
For Petersen, having the world premiere there was a dream come true.
“This is where I started out, where I studied film,” he said. “It has always been my dream to have a premiere in this city.”
He said the bow — the German capital’s first world premiere of a major Hollywood film — was bigger than any he’d seen in Los Angeles.
Preemgoers later were shuttled to one of Berlin’s numerous royal palaces, the 341-year-old Kronprinzenpalais (Crown Prince’s Palace) in the city’s downtown district, where some 1,500 guests were treated to spit-roasted suckling pig and other Mediterranean cuisine.
Epic movie met epic party venue when guests at Monday’s “Troy” premiere left Gotham’s Ziegfield Theater and were bused to Cipriani 42nd Street.
Though a bus ride is inherently proletarian (“I feel like I’m going to Atlantic City,” said one guest), Cipriani, with its majestic 65-foot-high ceilings and carved marble walls could have doubled as Apollo’s Temple. Or, “Liberace’s mausoleum,” in the words of screenwriter David Benioff.
Among the people at the party done by Along Came Mary were producers Diana Rathbun and Colin Wilson; plus guests including Spike Lee, Will Smith, Marc Shmuger, Brad Grey, Gina Gershon, Ashley Olsen and Bono.