by Scoobie Davis
I'm at the Kinkos in Santa Monica. I had my doubts but I did it--more later. I knew it was going to be a good day--when I went to lunch at USC, on the adjacent sidewalk there were some followers of nut job and perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche. This gave me an opportunity to engage in some merciless mockery of these pitiful souls. For the record, mocking them is not only fun but it's potentially good for them.
Next was the main event: the world premiere of Spider-man 2. I didn't want to go to the screening but rather I wanted to crash the premiere after-party. I snuck into the original Spidey film two years ago and I wanted to go two for two. I had made some plans but I have to confess that my cockiness got to me (Alas, the sin of hubris). Security was very tight--they were like the Secret Service--and the security set-up had some new wrinkles that I had to deal with. In fact, it wasn't until the last moment that I felt I could gain entry into the party and even then it was iffy; the party was held in Santa Monica and I unnerved myself a bit--I had these visions of the Santa Monica PD frog-marching my party-crashing ass out of the event in full view of some hot babes.
Anyhoo, with a little luck and some big cajones, I was able to get in. It was at the amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier and it slammed. Plenty of good food and wicked women. Sweet! Tobey Maguire was making the rounds with his cute girlfriend and I went up to him and acted like I knew him and said "Great performance, Tobey." The only regret I had was that I missed Stan Lee; I wanted to ask him what he thought of Jack Chick.
Random notes: The Spider-Man 2 after-party wasn't as lavish as the original but it made up for it because party guests (this includes crashers) got gifts such as Spider-Man bobble head dolls--I feel guilty for keeping mine. . . I asked people at the party what they thought of the film. Without exception, people said it was better than the first. . . I didn't see Kirten Dunst at the party. I saw her a lot at the one two years ago. She's pretty without making guys think she's way out of their league. . . I look forward to seeing Alfred Molina. He did a great job in both Boogie Nights and Not Without My Daughter.