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Anxiety was running high at the Chelsea Clearview Cinema on Thursday night for the New York premiere of “Total Recall,” and not just because of the fast-paced futuristic thriller.

The Len Wiseman-directed film is a breathless reimagination of the pulpy 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone vehicle, this time starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale. Biel was the only cast member to attend the screening, and press was warned right before her arrival that the actress “might not want to do print interviews,” significantly narrowing the potential stories for a number of reporters.

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In the end, Biel did speak with the press, and said her dream film role was more aquatic than Wiseman’s offering. “There’s an amazing woman who was an Irish pirate. True story,” the actress said on the red carpet of the In Style-Peggy Siegal-hosted event. “Her name was Grace O’Malley and she basically ran s–t. She had this crew of men that worked for her, and her family was in the shipping business and she took it to the next level. I’ve been dabbling in the story and trying to see if there’s any way to make it work.”

Resplendent in a white lace cocktail dress by Elie Saab (provoking thoughts of her upcoming nuptials to Justin Timberlake, who was not at the premiere), Biel was quick to note the difficulty of watching her own movies. “It’s hard the first couple of times because you’re critiquing everything that you did. And you have a million ideas of how to do everything better,” the actress said, adding, “Eventually, sometimes I can just enjoy the movie. Although after you’ve seen it a few times, you don’t need to see it again.” The actress was true to her word, leaving the screening a few minutes after the film began, and abstaining from the subsequent after party at No. 8.

Joining partygoers like Coco Rocha, Dan Abrams and Michael Stipe, Vivica A. Fox was on hand to promote her role on the new television series “Mr. Box Office” and had her own dream roles in mind. “I would love to do a remake of ‘Foxy Brown.’ Or ‘Jackie Brown,’” said Fox, who celebrated her 48th birthday last Monday. “I’ve been putting it out in the universe for Quentin Tarantino to bite on. You know, I’m kind of like the modern-day Pam Grier chick. I could do that.”

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