HOLLYWOOD — By any measure the premiere “Balls of Fury” received Saturday afternoon was a small one, but considering that the pic features, in the words of Rogue co-prexy Andrew Rona, “underground pingpong and Christopher Walken in drag,” it was surely the largest preem anything in that very limited genre had ever received.
Held in the Egyptian’s courtyard, the pre-party had the flavor of a Simi Valley middle school fund-raiser: a couple of skeet-ball games; pingpong pros whacking balls at ungodly distances from the tables; and food of the corn dogs, Red Bull and pizza ilk.
For the record, no one who looked anything like an industry exec went anywhere near the corn dogs.
As for the pic, producer Gary Barber described it as “‘Enter the Dragon’ meets ‘Dodgeball,”‘ while fellow producer Jonathan Glickman called it “the ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ of underground table tennis movies.”
“It’s about raising the stakes on things that are pointless to raise the stakes on,” said scribe-star Tom Lennon. “The follow-up will be about extreme checkers. The title is ‘King Me.’ “