NEW YORK 9/7/03 - OUATIM PREMIERE
When I first arrived at Loew’s Lincoln theatre, the red carpet was just being set up. All the people I saw standing around were either security people or press. So I returned about an hour later, which was around 4. I apparently didn’t get there early enough (or, well, at the right time) so I had to stand behind the second barrier. I was in the front luckily, though there were still around five rows of people in front.
All of the fans waited excitingly to see some stars. As each limo pulled up, murmurs of “who is that?” arose very quickly. Then of course we heard the millions of press screaming their names and “over here,” as if they were a mere animal. Coming onto the red carpet I saw Enrique Iglesias, Robert Rodriguez, Salma Hayek, Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Miss. Universe, and some other people.
The last star to show up, and of course the best, was the one and only Johnny Depp. Millions (it seemed) screams of “Johnny! Johnny!” were heard for miles I’m sure. At this point I decided to crawl under the barrier, so I could get closer. When Johnny came near the fans, everyone went crazy. He signed autographs, but didn’t stay too long. When he went inside, most of the fans waiting outside left also. I decided to go inside the theatre to see if I could catch another glimpse of him. But of course there was a large screen put up, blocking my view. Though I did see him going up the escalator, and heard someone scream “cry-baby!”
After my sightings of Johnny, I thought that he wasn’t going to return, but I was still satisfied. So I went to find my parents, and I was about to walk away from the theatre; but I decided to go back towards it. Out of some sort of great luck, I approached the barriers just as Johnny was coming out of the theatre again. I couldn’t believe it; I was in the second row and Johnny Depp was right in front of me. When he came right in front of me, I put my hand out and shook his hand. I then said “thank you” (for lack of better words) and we had a "moment". We looked into each other’s eyes when I was shaking his hand, and he smiled and nodded when I said thanks. He was beautiful and incredibly nice; what else could I ask for? It was perfect, and so surreal. I also brought my “The Brave” DVD to get the cover signed, but I didn’t manage to get that. But it was cool because a lot of people were like “where did you get that?!”
By this time it was getting late, so we decided to head back. About five blocks away from the theatre, we decided to turn back around and see if we could catch Johnny again on his way out. At this point, there were more people waiting outside, but that didn’t stop me. Some people came out, but no Johnny. Then I spotted Jack and Sharon Osborne inside, and my mom started screaming of course. Then we saw the whole crowd of people running towards the side of the theatre, and of course I followed quickly. More people came out (the director, etc.). Then we saw everyone quickly migrating a few feet up. And low and behold, there was Johnny Depp (yet again). I wasn’t too close to him this time though, but managed to catch quick glimpses of him leaving. I also saw Vanessa Paradis in the car.
It was all an amazing experience, and incredibly surreal. I hope I can do it again one day! I touched Johnny Depp!!!