There are plenty of things to be worried about for an actor when their film is about to premiere, but it’s a whole different ball game when their film is about to premiere at a movie festival. Studios are there to purchase the actors’ independent films, judges either criticize (or love) their film, and there are interviews upon interviews to conduct to promote the film.
The lovely female stars of “My Idiot Brother” — Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer — all have done their fair share of indie films, but they all admitted to MTV’s Josh Horowitz that they got a bit nervous when they had to premiere their film into a large theater of people.
“I was really nervous last night,” Mortimer said. “I sort of forgot to be nervous in the run up to coming. I was too worried about my outfits and what shoes to bring and what parties we were going to get invited to and then you get here…”
Banks cut in, saying with a laugh, “I got reminded we were going to be judged. Really suddenly, I was like, ’Oh my god, people are going to say that they liked it or not,’ which I don’t want to know anything. I suddenly felt terrible about it.”
The response to the Paul Rudd-starring flick has been sweet but lukewarm so far, but nothing could prepare the ladies for the awkward Q&A session that followed the event. EW.com has a really great write-up of the way things when awry after the screening, but suffice to say a questioner was dubbed The Sundance Rambler, a woman begged Rudd to appear in her animal protection PSA and it took until the end of the Q&A for someone to finally ask a related, coherent question (which led to the audience breaking into a round of applause).
Which do you think would be more stressful: premiering a film at a festival or watching its box office receipts opening weekend?