TIFF 13 - Day 1 - Meeting Benedict Cumberbatch, Zac Efron, Dan Stevens. As well as Bruhl & Hiddleston again.
Day 1 started with a text from my buddy "theres nothing downtown, come to the airport". So I did.
In whats becoming a tradition for me at TIFF, I always seem to have 1 single trip from hell day and this seemed to be that day. It took me over 2 hours for what is usually a 75-90 minute trip.
Once I got to the airport, I was underwhelmed with the fact I didn't get to see anyone till well afterwards.
Finally, after a long long wait, Dan Stevens, from "Downton Abbey" came thru to promote "The Fifth Estate" & for the few of us that had stuff, he was willing to sign whatever we had.
A little later Zac Efron showed up. With a posse of TIFF personnel & airport security, they tried to sneak the young star out a side door, but the paps & a couple fans were alert enough to find him & soon the rest of us did too. Once he got to his car he put his bags down & turned around for about 1 minute & signed about 4 autographs & took a couple pictures with & left. Leaving most of the growing crowd who were still just getting there empty handed.
I headed into town to work my first premiere of TIFF, The Fifth Estate at the Elgin Theatre. But no one showed. In the past some stars will show, some wont. I knew it was a gamble & this time, it didn't pay off.
Over at Roy Thompson Hall a little later was the actual premiere for TFE. The 1st person to show up was Benedict Cumberbatch, my "official" #1 target for all of TIFF. He signed a handful of autographs for the couple thousands fans & onlookers that had gathered there. He got close to me a couple times, but never close enough to get denied...which seemingly was what he was doing to people with actual photos to get signed.
Daniel Bruhl arrived a bit after & I managed to get 2 from the star. Making it 2 days in a row I got him.
The rest of the cast, I either missed chasing Benedict, or couldn't get close enough to.
Eventually, I gave up on the hope of getting Sherlock Holmes and headed over to Ryerson to do the last premiere of the evening.
At the "Only Lovers Left Alive" premiere, what can I say. All of them gave their all for the fans.
Tom Hiddleston signed anything he was able to get to, Mia Wasikowska got a pretty good chunk of the fans as well, Anton Yelchin also signed lots.
All in all, hard to think there will be a better all around cast this TIFF. They have set the bar high for the rest of the films.
After I ran out of things from that cast, I headed back to RTH on the usually faint hope that I could snag anyone, specifically Benedict Cumberbatch, leaving their premiere.
The karma gods were smiling. After my trip from hell that day, I was rewarded for my persistence, Benedict came up the 300 foot ramp to the crowd of 30-40 fans & signed for about 2-3 minutes. At 1st he outright was avoiding any photos, but eventually, he got to a point where he just seemed to think "ahh the hell with it" signed about a 1/2 dozen of them before leaving, mine being 1 of them. Great way to end my day.
DAY 1 - 14 autographs, 20 total
A+ TOM HIDDLESTON
A- MIA WASIKOWSKA
B+ ANTON YELCHIN
B DANIEL BRHUL
B DAN STEVENS
B- BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH
C+ ZAC EFRON
The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival is off & running. My TIFF started on "day 0", aka - the day before. With stars from around the globe coming in to Toronto, I waited out at the airport for awhile, and just like the year before, the results were pretty underwhelming.
I arrived from Vancouver at 2:15 PM & by about 3 PM was already on the board.
Daniel Bruhl, from Inglourious Basterds, had arrived to promote The Fifth Estate & Rush at the festival. He was nice enough & I probably should have gotten more from him, but his publicist was a grade A bitch. Using the absurd excuse "he'll be here all week" which I replied "yeah, but hes HERE, RIGHT NOW, in front of me" which she didnt have a reply for. Luckily Daniel was nice enough to still sign a few more times while he waited 5+ minutes for his car. But the publicist made it so awkward.
I can just imagine the conversation later with Daniel, his girfriend & the publicist.
Daniel "Why didnt you just let me sign them all & they would have been gone in 2 minutes"
Publicist "uhh... Uhh, I'm a publicist. Its my job to make things inconvenient & awkward"
Daniel "Oh, I thought your job was to tell me my schedule"
Publicist "*chuckles* haha, no silly. I am here to constantly tell you that you are in an urgent hurry to get anywhere but where you are when fans or professionals are within ear shot of you...and if that doesnt work, I have 39,492 other excuses pre-planned into my database"
Daniel "so basically, your job is to annoy people, and at times, me?"
Publicist "*nods head in agreement*"
Daniel *facepalms, shakes head*"
Quite awhile would pass before my next chance at anyone.
Tom Hiddletston, of course best known as "Loki" in The Avengers movie franchise came thru. He was making fans left & right. His handler would at times try to stop people by saying "you already got one" which was adorable, considering no one left there with less than a couple each, and at least 1 person I talked to, got 12. Note to all publicists. If your star WANTS to sign, stfu, stand in a corner & wait till he looks at you with a "ok, can you get me out of here" look.
I "missed" Jake Gyllenhaal, but since I had little interest in him, I wasnt too disappointed.
My day ended earlier than usual because the last couple flights I would have been waiting for were deayed till well after I could have waited. So I took off & got the rare treat of leaving Toronto early. I headed to Hamilton to relax & prepare for the real festival.
DAY 0 - total autographs 6
A+ TOM HIDDLESTON
B DANIEL BRUHL
You can find my "day 1" report HERE
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