“I had no idea so many people would show up for our little movie,” Anna Paquin said Wednesday night, as a blimp emblazoned “X-Men” circled overhead and throngs of people disembarked from the ferry onto New York’s Ellis Island for the film’s premiere.
Most of the crowd, which included Spike Lee, Ashley Judd, Star Jones, John Singleton, Katie Holmes, Kyle MacLachlan and Cyndi Lauper, sipped bright blue X-tinis while the film’s villain, Sir Ian McKellen, shrugged off a giant basket of sweets.
“This is not the sort of movie where you should serve candy,” he groaned.
Not to be undone by his “X-Men” co-stars Halle Berry (who mistook Lisa Ling for Lucy Liu), Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Famke Janssen, the Scottish actor Ray Park played up the evening’s immigrant theme in full Scots regalia but was coy about whether he had the traditional nothing on under his kilt.
“I just hope there are no sudden gusts of wind,” he whispered.
After the movie, the crowd huddled beneath a fireworks display before heading to Fun, the Lower East Side bar.
“I’m going to have to sneak in,” Paquin said. “I’m only seventeen.”
A few blocks away at Zao, Tara Subkoff and Matt Damhave celebrated the launch of their clothing line, Imitation of Christ.
“I got a lot of flack for wearing their belt over that Helmut outfit at the CFDA awards,” confessed Chloe Sevigny, who may just be the collection’s biggest fan.
“She’s the chairman of the board,” Subkoff said, tugging at the naughty minidress she’d made earlier that day.
“From their couture line,” Sevigny joked.
The following night, Gwyneth Paltrow threw a small supper for the movie “Butterfly” at Brasserie 8 1/2.
But it isn’t easy to be a movie-star hostess: Paltrow greeted for a few minutes but had to duck out early and race downtown for a dinner date with friends.