On Tuesday night at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Willis grabbed a harmonica and a mic, and Rodriguez was on the guitar at the “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” afterparty. The film’s cast including Jessica Alba, Powers Boothe, Jaime King, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, Eva Green and Mickey Rourke were all in attendance, not to mention the graphic novel creator and film’s co-director Frank Miller.
The two men, along with Rodriguez’s band, Chingon (which was formed to record songs for 2003’s “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”), jammed together on a stage that took up nearly a third of the Roosevelt’s ballroom. They sang the blues, culling inspiration from Stevie Ray Vaughan while Rodriguez’s “From Dawn Till Dusk” played on a screen behind the band.
“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” a sequel to 2005 ‘s “Sin City,” was nearly a decade in the making. Bob Weinstein, who distributed both movies under his Dimension Films, thanked Miramax in his opening comments at the TCL Chinese Theatre premiere, calling out how strange it was to thank a company he previously owned.
Rodriguez spent a solid 10 minutes discussing the film, thanking individual members of the cast and talking about the artist that is Frank Miller. “He’s a director, his medium is just the page,” he said, commenting on why he shared the director’s credit with the legendary graphic novelist.
Dawson, who plays Gail, shaved part of her head and nearly all the actors performed their roles in isolation against a green screen.
“It was so strange,” Boothe told Variety, “I was in the middle of a scene and I was supposed to exit through a door and I asked Robert, ‘Where’s the door?’ and he responded, ‘Wherever you want it to be.’” The film opens Aug. 22.