“Please don’t take photos, I’m in a foul mood,” warned Beatrice Dalle, France’s bad girl of the cinema, as she arrived at Paris’s Theatre Chaillot. Dalle, Claude Montana, Azzedine Alaia and Celestria Fox, the British casting director, were there to support Rupert Everett in his first role on the French stage in “The Importance of being Earnest.”
“It’s an alternative version of Oscar Wilde,” Everett said. “I play Algernon as a drug addict with a limp.” At the post-performance dinner at Natacha’s restaurant, Everett could hardly stop to take bows. He seemed to be more occupied with the seating assignments for dinner.
“This is when I get to be very bossy,” he said, sternly navigating his parents and friends around the table.
A week earlier, Everett had no such concerns. He was one of some 2,000 revelers at a holiday party given by PremiAre Heure, a film-production firm.
Guests fought their way through a blizzard of fake snow and into a high- tech winter wonderland filled with pounding music, and peep shows featuring sexy dolls by illustrator Thierry Perez that sat in glass cases like Amsterdam prostitutes.
“It’s ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ meets a Pigalle sex shop,” said PremiAre Heure art director Jerry Stafford.