Nanny McPhee World
London, October 9, 2005
Once upon a time,
a Blue Carpet was rolled out and sprinkled liberally with magic dust,
as the stars and their adorably costumed miniguests arrived for the
world premiere of Nanny McPhee at London's Empire Cinema in Leicester
Without having to wave his wand [read
into this what you will, as is fairytale], a tanned and bearded
Colin Firth enthusiastically greeted fans and turned their knees to
jelly before and after the film. Sir Lotsoflocks had arrived from his
current shoot in Slovakia—or faux 5th-century Britannia—with perennial
co-star Thomas Sangster, who is rapidly gaining ground on Jim Carter. [Please,
somebody, send Jim a script!] Emma Thompson was overheard
to say, "You've got a beard," to which the Luscious Legionnaire being
hugged replied, "That's right, makes me folky and approachable." And
The warty, snaggled-toothed nanny was not in
evidence, except for her magic stick that was used to start the
screening. She had been replaced by the glamorous Emma Thompson, who
also wrote the screenplay. Fellow cast members Kelly Macdonald, Celia
Imrie, Imelda Staunton, and Phyllida Law joined in the festivities.
Commenting on starring in a movie with a large cast of children and some animals Emma joked: "It was really good but working with the donkey was tricky. But the most difficult thing of all was blancmange and porridge—trying to get them to do what you want."
Firth.com's Drool ladies were there en masse and have not yet returned from that fairytale to reality. GMTV memorialized that moment for one such lady as she discovered while watching morning telly. Is this not the equivalent of: "and they all lived happily ever after"?
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