Words can’t describe what it feels like to be on the other side.
We always peer into the lives of celebrities on TV and online but just can’t imagine being a part of the experience and how that feels. Well I got the chance to be a part of that old Hollywood magic when I attended the red carpet premiere of Iron Man 3, due out on May 3rd. Walking the red carpet is just as glitzy and glamorous as we see on TV.
There are thousands of lights and camera-flashing paparazzi.
People screaming out stars names, fans holding signs and clamoring onto to the hope that they will come face to face with their favorite celeb and there are legions of TV crews and cameras capturing every waking moment of the madness. And fans DID get to see the man of the hour, Robert Downey Jr!
I was invited out by Disney to attend the event and have been invited to events before, but for me, this by far was the BEST experience. Words can’t describe how amazing this trip was. From special hush-hush surprises that I still can’t reveal to a meet and greet with the incomparable Gwyneth Paltrow and newcomer Ty Simpkins who plays a pivotal role in the Iron Man 3 movie.
And then last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of walking down the red carpet and attending an advanced screening of Iron Man 3 at the legendary El Capitan theater.
My mind is still trying to take in all of the fanfare. As we waited nearby to walk the red carpet I was taken by surprise when Robert Downey Jr, rode by us in a 2014 Audi R8 V10 Spyder and it said Stark 16 on the license plate.
Then we all made our way down the red carpet. There were 25 bloggers including myself, invited to the event. I made a lot of new friends.
We had to work fast to get pictures because security kept ushering us along.
And I ended up on video as one of the reporters from Marvel was doing interviews! Can u see me?
Fun on the red carpet!
I have been to many events in my career as a newspaper journalist, including experiences at the White House, but this was different because we were able to take part in exclusive experiences usually reserved for industry insiders. I saw Robert Downey Jr and took a pic of the back of his head!
I saw Gwyneth Paltrow, who looked amazing by the way, Don Cheadle, Maria Shriver ( I was standing right next to her), Emily Van Kamp, Ty Simpkins, Guy Pearce, Sir Ben Kingsley and so many more.
Once seated inside the theater we were treated to popcorn and soda and watched Iron Man 3. I was blown away by all the action and I will have a post about it this Friday. What I can say is that the movie is waaay funnier than I thought it would be. It’s serious yet fun and I LOVE that element of the movie. I wish that everyone can get a chance to experience something special like this. And I want to thank Disney and Marshall for choosing me to take part in this extra special red carpet experience. There’s so much more about it I will write about in the next few days so stay tuned!
I was invited out by Disney for an all-inclusive experience to attend the Iron Man 3 event. All opinions are solely my own.