L.A. gets whiff of ‘Grace’

Helmer hooked on Blethyn and naughtiness

“At the mere thought of Brenda Blethyn and naughtiness … I was hooked,” Nigel Cole, helmer of the Brit comedy “Saving Grace,” said Tuesday at the pic’s Egyptian Theater preem. “The film is about ordinary people in extraordinary situations, and what’s more bizarre than Brenda as a marijuana dealer?” mused “Grace” co-writer, producer and co-star Craig Ferguson.

Blethyn stressed that the pic does not “promote, nor does it advocate drugs. Rather, it is about a woman who is forced to take desperate measures, and the friends who help her through.”

Fine Line Features veep of acquisitions Arianna Bocco, who at Sundance helped nab “Grace” from Sky Pictures and Portman Entertainment for a U.S. release, felt that the pic was a perfect match for American auds. “We thought the laughter was infectious and would play well across the ocean.”

On hand at the Cat & the Fiddle after-party were pic’s co-writer Mark Crowdy, Fine Line prexy Mark Ordesky and execs Steven Friedlander, Marian Koltai-Levine and Joe Nimziki; Portman Entertainment exec Tristan Whalley; Sky Pictures’ Will Turner; and guests Drew Carey, Kathy Kinney, Debi Mazer, Nicole Eggert, Esai Morales, Justin Whalin and Darren Aronofsky.