‘Doubt’ premiere draws theater crowd

Screening was a benefit for the Actors Fund

The Gotham preem of “Doubt” was an unusually legit affair for a movie opening.

The screening was a benefit for the Actors Fund, which in New York usually fundraises with theater events. And the pic is, of course, adapted and directed by John Patrick Shanley from his own play, which picked up the 2005 Tony.

So at Sunday’s after-party at the Metropolitan Club, film folks like Miramax prexy Daniel Battsek mixed with legiters including Cherry Jones, who originated the lead role of the stern nun in the play, and was on hand to congratulate Meryl Streep on her perf in the movie version. And of course there was Shanley himself, still churning out stage works (including tuner “Romantic Poetry” this fall). Shanley said the doubt-inducing ambiguity of the play wasn’t any harder to achieve in the movie, despite the fact that the pic opens up the story to reveal more of the events that were left offstage.

“It’s not hard to keep it ambiguous, because I really am ambivalent,” he said. “No matter what I shoot, that’ll still come through.”

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