Parties in the city this summer have been all quiet on the celebrity front, but on Tuesday night, stars from lists A through “huh?” crawled out of the woodwork for a pair of movie premieres.
Patrick Wilson, Paul Rudd, Ed Norton, Rosie Perez, Martha Plimpton, Rumer Willis, “SNL” actors and Kieran Culkin all showed up for Judd Apatow’s stoner action comedy “Pineapple Express.”
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The flick was cowritten by Apatow’s protégé Seth Rogen, who also stars in the movie opposite James Franco, who plays his drug dealer. Rogen is a stoner off-screen, too, but said he wasn’t high during the after party at Tenjune. “It’s really not that bad,” said the actor, whose next project is yet another Apatow flick, titled “Funny People” and costarring Jonah Hill.
Not everyone in the crowd was a pothead, though: “Alcohol is my drug of choice,” professed Seth Meyers, who had time to form an educated opinion during two years spent living in Amsterdam after college.
As for Franco, who skipped the “Express” screening for a performance of “[title of show]” on Broadway, he had run into some problems promoting the movie. “I went on ‘TRL’ and they told us we couldn’t say ‘weed,’ so of course I had to say it,” he said with a wicked smile.
“He said it about 121 times,” moaned his manager. “The segment is going to be eight seconds long if they bleep it all out.”
Further downtown, a crowd that included everyone from television actors Eric Mabius and George Lopez to David Blaine, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Pitt and Carla Gugino partied at Socialista after the Cinema Society and Glamour magazine’s screening of “Elegy.” In that film, Penélope Cruz plays a graduate student who falls in love with her professor (Sir Ben Kingsley).
Cruz’s co-star Dennis Hopper copped to once being smitten with his teacher, but it was in elementary school. “It wasn’t until I got much older that my crushes got really inappropriate,” he said.
As for Peter Sarsgaard, he steered clear of any improper relations with his instructors. “All my teachers were Jesuits,” the actor explained.