London Premiere of Johnny English Reborn

Yesterday’s Premiere of Johnny English Reborn was met with a reception which was even hotter than the weather. The red carpet was lined full of fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the film’s stars as well as other famous faces.

Among them were Warwick Davis who was only too happy to talk about his new TV series Life’s Too Short written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. On the pair he said “I’ve always wanted to do comedy in my career so to be paired up with those guys as writer directors (and) the BBC producing it’s a dream job for me as an actor. I had such such fun on the shoot it was hard work but I had such great mentors.” Johnny Depp is set to have a cameo and it was clear that Warwick loved working with him. “He was a terrific guy, a really nice human being and very talented, obviously talented but at comedy he is brilliant like you’ve never seen him before”.

In the sequel Johnny English’s assistant is changed from Ben Miller’s Bough, to Agent Tucker played by Psychoville’s Daniel Kaluuya. Still a young actor himself, his advice to other actors was “If you love it do it, but you have to be willing to work harder than everyone else”. Kaluuya is a very gifted young actor, and despite joking that his future plans were to “go inside and see the film”, he will definitely be one to watch.

Black Adder’s Tim McInnery co-stars as gadgets expert Patch Quatermain a role he clearly relished especially with his ‘gadget wheelchair’: “The last thing you want to do is stand up in a wheelchair all day! Everyone wanted to be in the wheelchair but they couldn’t be. It was souped up so it really was good fun and zoomed round the set.” Next he is to star in a short comedy series for the BBC The Bleak Old House of Stuff, a dickens spoof where he plays a “horrible villain”. There is also talk of a Black Adder reunion, and when asked about whether Johnny English could make the jump back to TV he certainly seemed taken with the idea: “It wouldn’t work if it wasn’t Rowan so you’d have to talk to him … it’s a good idea.”

The Director Oliver Parker was also present exclaiming what a fun film it was to shoot: “The action scenes were very exciting as we had a great crew and did some great stunts and that’s really thrilling. But you always get some magic with actors and we had a lovely cast so it was a real privilege to be working with them and have moments of comedy without any big effects.” When asked he also stated that there was likely to be a third St Trinians movie which he will no doubt helm after directing the first two. As for Johnny English 3, all depends on the success on the sequel.

Rowan Atkinson then showed up in Johnny English’s trademark Rolls Royce and was greeted with deafening cheers. Before coming over to discuss his latest comedy he made time to sign autographs and take photos with all of his fans. The character of Johnny English was based on a group of adverts that Atkinson for Barclay card in the 90s, and he mentioned that “the good thing about those original credit card commercials is that they were very filmic. They were like little movies . So it wasn’t a big step to think that maybe we could make a big movie using this character, which eventually we did.”

He also said that English was more realistic than Bond as “in many ways he is a more believable character he is someone who really means well but is just not as good as he thinks he is and perhaps that is the British male in a nutshell… I don’t know!”

Soon all the cast and crew were rushed into the theatre ready to take their seats for film which was highly enjoyable, a review of which can be read here. With any luck Atkinson and Porter will return with Johnny English 3.

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