So, yes, I did get to go to the Blades of Glory press junket yesterday and it was AWESOME! We arrived at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills and the hotel was just a madhouse. Julia Stiles and Fabio were hanging out in the lobby (not together). She made a comment that the lift moves we were talking about were not from The Cutting Edge but were in fact from Dirty Dancing. Duh!
We checked in at the Paramount suite and waited with all the other press members. There was tons of food, drinks, candy, everything in there and we enjoyed running lines for the interviews. So first we interviewed Craig T. Nelson. He was very professional and straightforward with his answers and the whole thing took 4 minutes.
Then we went down the hall to talk to Jenna Fischer (Pam on The Office), who was much funnier than I ever would have expected. She is very pam-like in person...kind of frizzy hair, very average looking, but cute. She talked about having her first real makeout with somebody other than her husband (Jon Heder) and having Will Ferrell fondle her boobs for "12 hours" while shooting and re-shooting a scene over and over. She also said she didn't even try to compete with the guys in the movie for having the best hair because she was out of her league. We asked if she would be doing Stuff or Maxim in the future now that she is branching out of her Pam character, to which she screamed at her PR girl sitting in the next room, "Can I tell them?!?" and her PR girl goes, "It's your call." Jenna told us she's going to be on the cover of Wired and is really excited about it. I gave her some shirts and one for her husband and she was really very nice.
On to the big interview. I can't tell you how surreal it was to walk into a little hotel room and come face to face with Will Ferrell and Jon Heder all at once. Will is EXACTLY like you'd imagine; constantly cracking jokes, making funny faces, just hilarious. He asked where we were from and then started making that face he did when he played Mugatu and was yelling at his assistant...if you watch Zoolander, you know what I'm talking about. Then danced in his chair a little, saying "I'll shake it but I won't break it." After a few more minutes, we started in the interview. Jon Heder's foot was bouncing like crazy, he seemed really restless, and didn't speak nearly as much as Will did. BTW Jon's hair is long and dark brown right now, Will's is in a major fro. We asked if they tried to bring the costumes home. Will said he did once, sneaking into the house to surprise his wife, who called the cops on him and he had an interesting night in jail, but who could blame her? Obviously he was kidding but it was impossible not to laugh during all this. He totally deadpanned. We asked about the scene where they have to skate with each other's crotchs in their faces. Jon said Will's crotch smelled like "country garden" and Will said Jon's crotch smelled like "Hidden Valley Ranch." Jon then started arguing with Will about why he would say that. It was so funny. We also asked if Will still plays the cowbell and he said all the time. After the interview Will asked for a drink. We suggested milk and he said, "Milk is still a bad choice" in his Anchorman character. I asked if he wanted a tshirt and he asked if he could have a baby tee because he likes to show off his belly. So we said bye and moved on to the next room.
Will Arnett and Amy Poehler (who are married btw) kept leaving the junket so there was quite a buildup of people outside their room. As they approached the room, Amy was like "Whoo! Let's get this party started!" and high-fiving us and Will said, "Alright, the principal will take you one at a time." We went in and they were getting a LOT of makeup done - way more than anybody else. Amy was staring at me while they were doing her makeup with this crazy face that was cracking me up. Will made a few bad jokes, which Amy totally made fun of him for. They talked about playing creepy brother and sister in the movie and bringing that home at the end of the day. They also talked about perhaps acting together again. Their interview was a little crazy. They kind of smelled like alcohol so that may have been why. :)
Then we interviewed Scott Hamilton who is about as big as a fourth grader. He was very happy to be there and friendly and very excited for free shirts. He asked if I had any small shirts or if I discriminated against smaller people. I told him Will took the little shirts. But he still really wanted shirts and went over to his PR person and told her not to let him forget them because he really like them. Who knew he was so into free shirts?
So back up to the hospitality room and waited for our tapes of the interviews, chatting with all the kids from Paramount who were doing the junket all day and were exhausted. They said that all the stars were more than friendly and that it was such a fun group to work with.
That's my day. My boss called last night to see how it went and said, "So basically you love your job today." Yes, yes I do.
P.S. While I missed the screening for the movie, I heard it is outstanding and far better than Talladega Nights.