Preem kicks off late due to president's fundraiser

Though Universal Pictures’ “Battleship” has already opened in most international markets, helmer Peter Berg was happy to bring his film home to the States at Thursday’s preem at L.A. Live.

The premiere began an hour late due to heavy traffic caused by Barack Obama’s fundraiser at George Clooney’s estate.

When it finally did start, Berg was joined by producer Scott Stuber and stars Taylor Kitsch and Liam Neeson to show the Los Angeles crowd what the rest of the world had already seen.

At the after-party atop the L.A. Live parking structure, Berg said he was happy not only with all the veterans who saw the film but those that participated in its lensing.

“I’m very public about my love for the veterans,” Berg said. “I loved reaching out to these guys and giving them the opportunity to participate.”

Berg also said he was tempted to use the classic “you sunk my battleship” line but decided to use something different instead.

“Cause you don’t always get sunk, sometimes you’re sinking someone else’s ship,” he explained.

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