Sunday, January 24, 2010
Channing Tatum, Nicholas Sparks, Amanda Seyfried and Dear John, Oh My!!!
Yesterday was quite an amazing day. It was finally the day of the Dear John Premiere. This event turned out better than expected. It truly was a dream come true.
Dear John is by far my favorite Nicholas Sparks book. I call myself and the hubby the real Savannah and John. In the book Savannah is pursuing a dream to work with children with autism and John is in the military. In the book they meet when John is on his two weeks leave. My hubby and I met when he was on leave also. Five months later we were married and he deployed. In the movie, John's unit in the army is similar to my hubby's. So you can see why I was so excited to be a big part of this event
At the last minute a kiddo of mine's mom gave me an extra ticket. I asked one of my army wife bff's to attend with the hubs and me since her hubby had just deployed. My poor hubby had to deal with two hysterical girls for the day. Friday night we even made him watch Step Up with us!! He was not loving it but was def a good sport.
Saturday morning my friend met us at 8:30am at our house. We dressed up to the nine's. Cute dresses, high heels and awesome jewelry. M even dressed in nice dress pants and a shirt. We arrived at the premiere at 9:45am. We were the first group there. We found spots right up against the red carpet and prepared to wait. WE probably should have planned it out better. Everyone else had chairs, coolers packed and games to play. We brought nothing. And can I just say it was 50 degrees and we were in heels and short dresses. We were freezing!!!And we were the only people there dressed up. I wish I could say that everyone else was dressed nice but sadly most were in jeans, tennis shoes and sweat shirts. No lie!People were talking crap about us like no other. Normally I would have been embarrassed but not today. I knew we looked nice and there was no way that I was going to meet Channing Tatum in jeans!!
6.5 hours later I couldn't feel my feet, my toes were white and I was freezing but it was all about to be worth it, it was finally time for them to arrive. They came in awesome special forces hummer's and walked the red/camo carpet. I got pics with Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried and autographs by Nicholas Sparks, Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried. Jenna Dewan, Channing's wife was even there and I got a pic with her. They were all so sweet and nice. They seemed very honored to be there and didn't act like celebrities at all. It was such an awesome experience and the movie was amazing. Different from the book but still good. I will def buy it when it comes out
As much as I loved the premiere my fellow community of military spouses disappointed me. When FMWR-(Family and Morale, Welfare and recreation) office handed out tickets, they told everyone that even if you had a ticket you weren't guaranteed a seat in the theater or a chance to meet the stars. Everything was on a first come first serve basis. They also told everyone to dress to the 9's since it was a red carpet event. If people would have listened to this there wouldn't have been a problem. But most didn't. Like I mentioned before, out of 1000 people there, a handful dressed up. Many came to the meet and greet at 2:00 and complained because there wasn't room for them up near the red carpet. I even had some girl tell me I needed to move since I had one signature from Channing. I turned to her and explained that I wasn't moving as I had been there at 945 am and I wanted more signatures. She backed off quickly. One reporter who was interviewing people waiting in line had one girl reply that she never read the book nor did she know who the stars were. Hmm, why was she there!!
The event was separated into two lines. One for the meet and greet and one for the movie. If you stood in line for the movie, you weren't able to meet the stars. If you stood in line for the meet and greet, you may lose your seat in the movie. Again this was announced when the tickets were handed out. They also exlained that to us while we were waiting in line numerous times but they also said there would be a 9:00 showing for those that couldn't get in to the 5:30 showing. SO why should people complain right. Well after I got my autographs and pics we got into the theater but there weren't enough seats. M and I found seats but our two friends didn't so we gave up our seats so that we could leave with our friends. I didn't mind as we planned on coming back to the 9:00 showing. So on our way out, we were standing in the back of the theater. Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried were also waiting back there to be announced so they could introduce the movie. Along with them were security guards and more military spouses. These were not happy spouses. They were mad because they had to come back for the 9:00 showing. So right in front of the actor's this spouse starts screaming and swearing about having to leave. I was so embarrassed at this point to be a military spouse. If I was one of the actor's I would have been offended.
First of all the event was free, FREE!! Why were people complaining. WE had the chance to meet famous people and see an early release of a movie and people were complaining. I was so irritated. We were told from the beginning the event was a first come first serve basis. These people had no one to blame but themselves. And I didn't understand what the big deal was, they were showing the movie again in a few hours. Oh well. We went home, changed into warmer clothes and went back to the later showing. It was everything I expected and more. I am even more in love with Nicholas Sparks, Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried than ever!