In the Public Eye

Nanny McPhee World Premiere
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 Square.

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 huggable too.

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 She had been replaced by the glamorous Emma Thompson, who also wrote the screenplay.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"?

Do you think this little tyke's mother attended last year's
Toronto International Film Festival to see Trauma?

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