At Monday’s Village preem for “Seven Pounds,” Sony topper Amy Pascal called the film “emotional, with European pacing and sensibility” and said having Will Smith in a serious pic works fine with her.
“As far as I’m concerned, any Will Smith film we have is a feel-good film,” said Pascal, “because when we have a Will Smith film, I feel good.”
After-party was held in the Hammer Museum’s courtyard, which was partially tented amid the cold night. This preem may be the only one of the year where Mike Tyson was seen huddling near a heat lamp.
Other heavyweights on hand included producer Steve Tisch, who compared the pic to Smith’s “The Pursuit of Happyness” and said he was confident that “not only will his fans follow, they’ll be blown away.”
There was a lot of talk at the party on how much the pic relies on its resolution ending, with even Smith saying “the entire film rests on the last 12 minutes.” Producer Todd Black declared, “This film without the payoff is like ‘Jaws’ without the shark.”