Pasquin basking in sequel

'Armed' cast feeling congenial

HOLLYWOOD — Miss Congeniality herself, Sandra Bullock, was feeling press shy at Wednesday’s preem of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous,” but her supporting cast was more than willing to pick up the slack.

“She went out of her way to make me feel welcome,” said helmer John Pasquin, who took the sequel reins for the first time in his career and discovered the challenge of shooting a cast that began bonding five years earlier.

“It’s weird, frankly,” he said. “They already know the characters. I knew Sandy (Bullock) and screenwriter Marc Lawrence from ‘The George Lopez Show,’ but you have to earn your chops. It takes a week to 10 days before they trust you.”

New cast member Diedrich Bader didn’t seem inclined to give anyone a hard time, noting that the Wolfgang Puck-catered party at Hollywood & Highland was the most lavish of his career. “TV actors are the galley slaves of the acting world,” said the former “Drew Carey Show” star. “You’re on a movie set and you notice, ‘Hey, it smells nice up here!’ “

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