Thursday, May 12, 2016

Captain America: Civil War Premiere


Captain America: Civil War Premiere
Hollywood, CA
April 12, 2016


Captain America: Civil War Premiere banner under the Dolby Theatre sign at the Hollywood and Highland Center

My original intention of “camping” out along the fan barricades was to take pictures of the celebrities, but about a month before the premiere I decided to try and get something signed for a friend’s son, Ryan, who is battling cancer.  Ryan recently turned 18, but has been battling Myelodysplastic Syndrome since January 2015.  MDS is a secondary cancer which was caused by the chemotherapy he underwent when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 3.  The family was originally told that Ryan would not survive surgery to remove the tumor for 4 years when a doctor used an unconventional surgical approach to remove the tumor.  Ryan had a bone marrow transplant thanks to his sister, Bailey, being a perfect match.  Ryan relapsed from the transplant and continues to fight.  Ryan is a huge Marvel fan, and I wanted to try and get as many signatures as I possibly could for him.  I reluctantly told my friend about my plan because I wanted to use a picture of Ryan for the sign, and I wasn’t comfortable doing so without his permission.  

Captain America's shield with the star cut out for a walkway on the red carpet
Entry area of the red and blue carpet

The end of the red and blue carpet
End of the red carpet
I usually place myself on the street near where the stars exit their vehicles, but this time I decided to place myself along the barricades inside the Hollywood and Highland Center.  This turned out to be a huge mistake as the stars were rushing to get inside the Dolby Theatre and didn’t do much, if any signing.  I would have had a better chance arriving earlier and placing myself on the street.  

Captain America themed motorcycles on the blue carpet
These were placed on either side of the carpet leading to the Dolby Theatre.

Iron Man themed motorcycles on the red carpet
These were placed on either side of the carpet leading to the Dolby Theatre.
That being said, I did get the Captain America jacket signed by Nick Blood from Agents of SHIELD.  I was also able to get a few pictures, though they aren’t very good because the carpet was extremely crowded with people.  I was on the lookout for Tom Holland, but I never saw him on the carpet.  

Powers Booth walking towards the Dolby Theatre
Powers Booth (center)

Nathan Fillion signing autographs
Nathan Fillion

Elizabeth Henstridge posing for a fan's camera
Elizabeth Henstridge

Luke Mitchell signing autographs
Luke Mitchell

Paul Bettany signing autographs
Paul Bettany
Deborah Ann Woll looks sad that she can't stop to sign autographs
Deborah Ann Wohl

Paul Bettany and Chris Hardwick having a chat on the red and blue carpet
Paul Bettany and Chris Hardwick having a conversation

Chris Hardwick walking towards the Dolby Theatre
Chris Hardwick


Brett Dalton signing autographs
Brett Dalton

Ed Skrein walking towards the Dolby Theatre
Ed Skrein

Chris Evans walking towards the Dolby Theatre
Chris Evans

Robert Downey Jr. walking towards the Dolby Theatre
Robert Downey Jr.

Emily Van Camp apologizing because she can't stop for photos or autographs
Emily Van Camp (apologizing because she can't stop for pics or signing)

Josh Bowman walking towards the Dolby Theatre
Josh Bowman

Marisa Tomei walking the red and blue carpet
Marisa Tomei

Henry Simmons signing autographs
Henry Simmons

Daniel Bruhl walking the red and blue carpet
Daniel Bruhl

Anthony Mackie walking the red and blue carpet
Anthony Mackie

Sebastian Stan smiling at fans
Sebastian Stan
A few days ago, Grossmont High School ASB led a campaign to try and get any or all of the Marvel stars to meet Ryan.  They also held a huge rally for Ryan, and Chris Evans had recorded a message for Ryan which they played at the rally.  It was the first time Ryan had been on campus for a year due to his illness.  

TTFN,
Veronica

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