Sony’s “Salt” premiere offered a taste of a pre-glasnost Soviet Union on Monday. Requests to interview Angelina Jolie, who plays Russian superspy Edwina Salt, were met with a firm nyet. Even Sony topper Amy Pascal remained behind an iron curtain at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood rather than opine about the studio’s mid-summer tentpole or its lethal heroine.
In fact, a Cold War sleeper agent would have likely been thwarted in trying to reach Jolie, who was surrounded by a phalanx of bodyguards at the premiere’s post-party, held at Hollywood & Highland’s grand ballroom. The tabloid mainstay kept the mingling to a minimum and instead hung with partner Brad Pitt before the couple exited through the kitchen in a stealthy exit that would have made Salt proud.
But like any good Eastern Bloc party, the vodka and champagne flowed, while revelers including Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ryan Kavanaugh noshed on caviar.
Some guests like Columbia prexy Matt Tolmach got loose enough to blow their cover. “I’m actually a sleeper agent for another studio,” Tolmach quipped. “I’ll be revealing the studio I really report to later in the evening.”