Tyro helmer Helen Hunt had no choice but to cast herself as the lead in the adaptation of Elinor Lipman‘s comical novel “Then She Found Me” — no one else would work for so little money, Hunt said at the ThinkFilm premiere Monday.
Outside the Lincoln Square theater, Hunt spotted music mogul Russell Simmons and helmer Brett Ratner pulling up to the curb. “They’re probably checking if this is something they want to go to,” mused Hunt. “I bet they keep driving.”
Moments later, Simmons and Ratner joined the crowd. “Of course I came in. I like Helen Hunt; I’m a fan,” said Simmons.
“I love when an actor becomes a director,” Ratner chimed in. Upon learning that Simmons and Ratner had stayed, Hunt said: “I’m shocked and thrilled. Maybe we’ll be romantically linked.”
Other preem attendees included co-stars Colin Firth, Matthew Broderick and Bette Midler; ThinkFilm prexy Mark Urman; and the film’s producers, Killer Film’s Christine Vachon, Pamela Koffler and Katie Roumel.