NEW YORK — 20th Century Fox’s “Fantastic Four” could have used some superhero intervention of its own July 6, as bad weather delayed the pic’s Liberty Island preem and halted the after-party altogether.
Guests were to arrive by ferry at 7 p.m., but the skies opened and rained on the press corps stuck out on the island, stranding others dockside.
Fox brass and cast, meanwhile, were holed up inside the Ritz-Carlton’s hospitality suite “wondering what the heck we were going to do,” said film’s thesp Kerry Washington, “and then Tom Rothman got up and said, ‘I believe the storm is going to end.’ I guess he’s the head of Fox because he’s psychic, as it stopped raining.”
Unfortunately, Rothman was unable to foresee the other problems that would arise.
As rain cleared, workers scurried to dry hundreds of seats and repaint the enormous, freshly white screen that had been set up for the outdoor event.
Cast finally made it out to the island around 8:30 p.m. and screening didn’t begin until 10:30. And then, 10 minutes into the screening, the projector broke.
Crowd began chanting “ferry, ferry” and rushed to fill the two boats heading back to shore.
On land any willing guest was herded into one of at least 15 Fox limos to be driven over to Regal Cinemas Battery Park for a latenight screening of the film.
Though cast was mostly game, wear and tear of the evening showed with star Jessica Alba, who begged off after talking to just half of the captive press, because the trip over had made her seasick.