A Prestigious Premiere
It was a resounding success at the Century Theatre in Anaheim, Calif., Monday night for the world premiere of See No Evil. Hundreds of fans and members of the global media were at the red carpet to be a part of the festivities. WWE.com was there to record the happenings in their entirety.
The scene at Orange County's Century Theatre was not unlike any other major Hollywood premiere. When WWE.com arrived at the scene, the preparations were nearing completion. There was a long red carpet, carving a path for the celebrities and Superstars from the limo unloading zone to the entrance of the theatre.
The carpet was lined with barricades to hold back the masses of fans as the global media in attendance held up their microphones and cameras, hoping to get a word with the WWE Superstars as they entered the theatre.
Spotlights were visible from all angles, highlighting the giant 40-foot tall See No Evil movie posters which lined each side of the theatre entrance. Smaller versions of the movie poster, featuring WWE Superstar Kane were also visible all over the red-carpet festivities, reminding those that may have somehow forgotten what the huge buzz was about.
On this night, the WWE Superstars temporarily put their differences aside to celebrate both a milestone for the company, and the biggest party in town. See No Evil is the first major motion picture release for the WWE Films and Lionsgate partnership.
The first WWE Superstars to arrive were a group of RAW's Divas, all dressed to steal the show. The Divas arrived on local radio station Power 106's huge limo bus, adding to an already raucous atmosphere as they de-boarded the bus. Power 106 was a big part of the See No Evil promotion, giving away 200 tickets to lucky fans who won a variety of contests. Torrie Wilson, Candice Michelle and Victoria were all sporting custom made dresses, prepared especially for the special affair. The Divas were accompanied by a pair of "Divas" in their own right, Snitsky and his partner, the bizarre Goldust.
All the Superstars got into the act, bringing out the finest their wardrobes had to offer to commemorate the evening. Among those that impressed on the red carpet were the aforementioned Divas, as well as Mickie James, Maria, Lita, Triple H, JBL, Batista and SmackDown World Champion Rey Mysterio.
Even Mick Foley dressed the part, choosing to trade in his trademark flannel for a more traditional gray blazer and black shirt. Unfortunately, one WWE Superstar couldn't seem to find the appropriate clothing in his closet. Trevor Murdoch showed up to the all-star gala dressed in his standard plaid vest with ripped hat and can of chew in hand.
WWE Tag Team Champions MNM made a homecoming of sorts, returning to the red carpet in front of the paparazzi which they have grown so accustomed to. Mercury, Nitro and Melina were dressed to impress, with fur coats and Championship belts hanging from the waistline. Melina was the perfect compliment to the Champions, attracting attention in a dazzling red dress. The Champions offered a few choice words to WWE.com on their way down the carpet. "We are used to this kind of thing. Being on the red carpet is like a second home to us. This is our element and this is where we thrive."
The Champ…was there. WWE Champion John Cena was also in attendance at the Century Theatre, taking a close look at the proceedings, which were a preview of what Cena himself will experience later this year when his first movie, The Marine, premieres this fall.
The cast and crew of See No Evil were also at the Century Theatre. Christina Vidal, Michael Pagan and Samantha Noble led the talented list of young actors and actresses involved with the film. Director Gregory Dark and Screenwriter Dan Madigan were also there to witness the events and take in the festivities.
No huge WWE event is complete without the McMahon family. Mr. McMahon, along with his wife, WWE CEO Linda McMahon, and his daughter Stephanie arrived in a stretch limo and were noticeably excited for the event which was soon to follow. Mr. McMahon offered a few words prior to entering the theatre in a WWE.com exclusive. "This is a huge night for our company, we are all very excited, and very proud that we have finally arrived at this moment. We are all looking forward to seeing the movie."
The star of the movie, Kane, was the last to arrive at the red-carpet festivities. A police escort was needed to guide the WWE Superstar and now actor's limousine to the theatre. The See No Evil star was dressed in his normal wrestling attire, ready to engage in combat if the situation presented itself. The Big Red Monster stared down the press, and the fans, allowing for some to take pictures, but not much else. Eventually, Kane made his way into the theatre and the movie was set to begin.
The movie was shown on two separate screens within the theatre. The pumped up WWE fans filled the theatre, and some even got to sit shoulder to shoulder with a WWE Superstar.
Before the movie began, Mr. McMahon addressed the energetic crowd. "In the WWE, we tell stories for a living. We are a global marketing juggernaut and our stars are recognized in over 100 countries." The inspired Chairman continued, "Why limit our Superstars to just performing in the ring? Why not put them on the big screen as well? Our stars are far more recognized than the normal Hollywood actors, and far more talented. In the WWE, our talent does it all." With that, the projectors rolled and See No Evil was officially being shown to its first eager audience.
The fans and celebrities in the Century Theatre were enthusiastic throughout the screening and after. At a couple points during the movie, the crowd erupted in a variety of chants which are often reserved for the arena environment. For those fans, the action in See No Evil was that intense.
WWE.com caught up some of the departing WWE Superstars outside the Century Theatre after the event. WWE Champion John Cena enjoyed the movie, "As far as horror films go, it was a hell of a flick."
RAW Superstar Viscera echoed Cena's sentiments. "It was much better than I anticipated. It was good…real good."
SmackDown Superstar and former World Heavyweight Champion Batista offered similar feelings. "It was a really good movie. I really enjoyed it and it's a great start for WWE Films."
The fans agreed. "Pleasantly surprised", "Really intense", and "Pretty cool" were common thoughts from the fans in attendance. One experienced fan offered another positive reaction. "I'm a big time horror movie fan, and See No Evil ranked up there with some of the horror genre's best."
The premiere was a resounding success, and the perfect way to kick off the countdown to the official nationwide release of See No Evil on Friday, May 19 in theatres everywhere.
WWE.com was at the Century Theatre all night and took plenty of photos and videos of the events. Stay tuned to WWE.com over the coming days to see some of the best sights and sounds from the See No Evil premiere.