Martin offered a three-song set, starting with “Miracles,” the Coldplay tune from the film. He mentioned that it is heard over the closing credits, as everyone is walking out of the theater, “but if you’re stuck in your seat or looking for your wallet, you’re going to hear it.”
The song is a possible Oscar contender, and some awards voters were in attendance; Martin added, “Put your vote in! Or don’t.” He went on with a laugh, “I’m not supposed to say that.”
After his second song, “Viva La Vida,” he clarified with a grin that he’d been fretting during his performance that his comments shouldn’t be misunderstood: “I really do love the movie and the song does mean a lot to me.”
The afternoon event at the Fig & Olive in West Hollywood featured Universal execs including Jeff Shell, and a good contingent from the film, including producer Matthew Baer, d.p. Roger Deakins, editor William Goldenberg and cast members Jack O’Connell, Miyavi and Garrett Hedlund. Hedlund helped Martin conclude his brief set with a duet of “White Christmas.”
Martin told Variety he’s a fan of the movie: “It’s good for your spirit. It’s inspiring and uplifting,” comparing it to “Chariots of Fire.”
If Martin ever wants to give up his day job, he has a future as a standup or talkshow host. Even when being interviewed or accepting praise from fans, he seemed more interested in talking about them than about himself.
The only one missing was director Angelina Jolie, felled by chicken pox. She had done the bulk of the media interviews for the film, including several in the last few days, before her diagnosis; the only events remaining were the premiere and some guild screenings.
As one guest deadpanned, “She’s been to every malarial country on the planet, been exposed to every disease, and then she comes down with chicken pox in L.A.” She is expected to be ill at least though Christmas.
After the event, many guests migrated to AMC Century City for the unveiling of the photo exhibit “Roger Deakins: Persistent Vision.”