The McKittrick Hotel’s creaking elevator and stone-faced porter lent a speakeasy air to Dec. 1’s “Bonnie & Clyde” premiere party, hosted by A&E, Lifetime, History Channel, and Gotham Magazine. Inside, costumed actors sipped brown liquor and played poker while a ruby-lipped chanteuse belted out the blues. Yet despite the Old Hollywood glamour, the affair was strictly modern.
Lifetime EVP Rob Sharenow played de facto master of ceremonies, announcing to the packed crowd that they were part of “the first ever three-network premiere. Why would we do this? Because it’s a great film.” The two-part, four hour movie event — don’t call it a miniseries — is the first collaboration between the three cable networks.
“It’s the ultimate romance, of scorning the world for each other, of [being] anti-establishment, there for each other,” gushed Holliday Grainger, who plays Bonnie Parker, the film’s titular femme fatale. “True love, especially first love, can be so tumultuous and passionate that it feels like a violent journey.”
Emile Hirsch had no trouble connecting with the timelessness of his role as Clyde Barrow. “They became these folk hero, ‘Robin Hood’-like figures that represented the pitch of what… the rest of the country felt.” Playing one half of a famous love affair with co-star Grainger wasn’t terribly difficult, either. “Holliday makes it really easy, because she’s so charming and sweet. You just have the feeling that you’d do anything for her.”
Actor William Hurt, who plays crimefighter Frank Hamer, History and H2 EVP Dirk Hoogstra, A&E CEO and prexy Nancy Dubuc and A&E Chairman Abbe Raven were also in attendance.