Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Brad Pitt and George Clooney: dangerous to be around
VENICE, Italy -- My big toe is throbbing. In fact, both my big toes are throbbing. One is my own fault: I dropped my camera on it as I jostled in a scrum of people to see if it really was Brad Pitt in the blacked-out car with "Mostra" printed on the side.
But the other one I take no responsibility for. I'm blaming a thoughtless cameraman for that one. He backed onto my toe trying to get footage of the car that might have had George Clooney in it. I yelped. He ran off after the the car without a backward glance.
That's not all, either. I was also elbowed in the head by an overzealous amateur photographer. She was trying to get the best shot of him through the crowd; something tells me her photos aren't going to give the ranks of the world's press too much to worry about: "Oh my God! I saw the top of his head! I saw the top of Brad Pitt's head!"
What the photographers see:
What the crowd sees:
All this happened as I wandered among the crowds outside the premiere of the Coen Brothers' new movie, "Burn after Reading," the opening film of the 65th Venice Film Festival.
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