Monday, July 14, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Red Carpet





This Saturday my friend Ray and I headed down to Shaw Centre for the Red Carpet of the Guardians of the Galaxy red carpet event. Well 2014 seems to be the year of the big movie red carpet events: in March there was the Spiderman 2 red carpet event at Marina Bay Sands, in May there was the X-Men: Days of Future Past movie premiere and just this Saturday, Guardians of the Galaxy had a red carpet event at the Shaw Centre.

I attempted to sketch a portrait of the stunning Zoe Saldana but it didn't turn out quite as I would have hoped, but I brought it along with me in the hopes of getting it autographed.






The event set up was similar to the  X-Men event and I arrived at around 12:30 for a good spot a long the red carpet. At the X-Men event we were about half way down and the stars were hurried along. We missed getting Peter Dinklage! So this time we decided that we should move further up front.

By 3pm, there still weren't that many fans around and I found a spot right near the start of the red carpet.  Ray arrived shortly thereafter with the Guardians of the Galaxy poster I ordered.

Then it was time to wait it out. The emcees of the event played a couple of games with fans who were near the stage and then by 7pm the stars started arriving.  We were told that they would start arriving in 10 minute intervals.



First up was Dave Bautista or Batitsta as he's known to WWE fans. I saw him when he was here for a WWE event about 7 years ago, but I didn't get to meet him. It was pandemonium when he arrived and I wanted to pass him a copy of A Day with the Duchess but things were so crazy that I missed the opportunity and security whisked him away. He did, however, very kindly sign my poster.


Dave Bastita signs for fans.


Dave Bautista autograph



Next up was the film's director James Gunn.  He dove straight in 
and started signing for fans from the start. This time I gave him a copy of the Duchess straight off and his assistant was pictured holding it for him while he signed away. He signed my poster for me!!




Gunn's assistant holds the book while he signs. Photo: Yahoo News

Finally after waiting another ten minutes or so, the beautiful Zoe Salandana arrived looking absolutely stunning. People began to push and shove. Pens and promotional photos shot up in the air, everyone clamouring to get her attention.





The ever gracious leading lady smiled, posed for selfies and signed autographs. Ray kept on blocking me with hisposter, which did tick me off more than once. I held out my portrait for her to sign and she very, very kindly said that it was lovely and then I gave her a copy of A Day with the Duchess and I told her that I wrote it.





She then kindly signed my poster as well. I got two autographs! And she signed her name in full!




With that I had to dash off in a cab for a birthday party and I made it just in time! All in all it was a pretty awesome day. The only disappointing thing was that Chris Pratt aka Peter Quill aka Star Lord didn't make it to town for the premiere. :(

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