On June 23rd I arrived at Teatralnaya Underground Station and went out into the sunlight and Moscow’s +28C weather. I put my sunglasses on and walked towards Tverskaya Street past the Historical Museum and The Red Square. I took a few photos on the way to the Ritz-Carlton hotel, where most celebrities come to be met by the members of the press.
At the entrance you get greeted by two huge men who stand right next to a body size metal detector, then you walk through the revolving doors and are taken to the 12th floor, to the O2 Lounge, which apparently is supposed to be called “Oxygen Lounge”, but everybody just calls it “Oh-Two”, just like that phone provider in the UK.
I get out of the elevator and am hit with the sunshine right in my eyes, I decide not to put my sunglasses on again, but am instead let in by the Sony rep, who checks my name and shows me the way. I get a photo pass and march into even more sunlight.
This was my first ever photocall, I guess I can say I was quite excited – I dreamt of going to this roof platform for more than a few years, as I knew that celebrities usually get photographed in this exact place, and I always wondered if I could ever get there.
Here I was, trying not to melt in the sun, we were standing under the tents, but it still felt like we were out by the beach, but with no sea, unfortunately. We only waited for a few minutes, as the photocall started right on time. Paul Feig, the director of one of my favourite films “Bridesmaids”, he also directed “Spy”, also with the fantastic Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law, “Heat” with Ms McCarthy again and a wonderful Sandra Bullock, to name a few, but we are here to talk about the new Ghostbusters film, where we will see a few cameos from Bill Murray himself, as well as Dan Aykroyd, at least, according to Paul Feig’s words at the press-conference, held in Moscow that day, that he did during the annual Moscow International Film Festival that usually sees many famously recognised faces in the cinematic world.
Then Mr Feig appeared. I am quite used to seeing famous people, as I have a tendency to bump into them in the streets, restaurants, bus stops, but I still gasp just a little when I meet someone who deserves more than a simple “hello”. I then start practicing my speech in my head, which I end up not pronouncing, as I just blurt out something like “huge fan, love your work!” and smile without stopping. I composed myself and thought I’d behave like a professional (among other real journalists) and not ask for a selfie. Now I am thinking I should have just gone and asked him and then regret later. Oh well, you live, you learn. Here are a few of my favourite photos from my meeting Paul Feig.
Paul was absolutely charming, looked at every photographer, so that everyone got their shot, and made a few poses, and made people laugh together with him. I was leaving the O2 Lounge in a great mood, as you don’t usually extraordinary people every day.
Here are some views from the O2 Lounge, which is a must-visit for tourists for sure. Later there will be a dedicated post about this venue. Stay tuned.
There’s a few shots from the Ghostbusters 2016 press conference from the Moscow International Film Festival with Paul Feig. In Russia the movie opens on July 28, 2016. And July 15 in the UK and US.
Make sure to catch it and see the funny and amazing performances by Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon (leading actresses in no particular order) and enjoy the directorial work by Paul Feig, as well as enjoy the performances by other great if not too familiar actors who got the roles of ghosts and other out of this world creatures. I also look forward to see the OG Ghostbusters’ – Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver cameos.
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