The spirit of camaraderie was in the air at MPTF’s second annual “Reel Stories, Real Lives,” as host Russell Brand reminded everyone of how eventually they were all going to depend on one another. “Let’s face it, the way the industry is going we’re going to need help within the industry. We’ve got five years at best! The bloody Internet! If it wasn’t for pornography, I wouldn’t even look at it,” he joked.
Brand intro’d residents of the retirement home, saying, “They’re buzzin’ in that place! One condom machine isn’t enough!”
Robert Downey Jr., via video from the set of “Iron Man 3,” thanked Brand for taking over his host duties this year, adding that in a few years “it’s likely we’ll be doing couples yoga at the MPTF Foundation.”
Chris Pratt told a story about an epic bingo game between the home’s residents and volunteer CAA agents, or as Pratt called them “people unable to let the old lady win.”
The “Parks and Recreation” star concluded that “these innocent looking oldies … on that day, in that room, with those agents, they wanted their revenge, they wanted their 10% back!”
Comedienne Connie Sawyer, who recently turned 100, said “most people are pretty nice to me on the set, that’s because they think I’m Betty White.”
The night ended with everyone singing “Happy Birthday” to the oldest working actress in Hollywood.