Drama at ‘127 Hours’ premiere

Posted by · 8:40 am · November 4th, 2010

I ended up missing last night’s premiere of “127 Hours” but man do I wish I had been there.  Because these fainting spells are turning into a traveling roadshow experience for the film.  First Telluride (where I was skeptical it was anything more than altitude sickness), then Toronto, now the Academy on Wilshire.  Maybe they should just start having medics on stand-by.

The incident is being reported as a “diabetic seizure” and apparently came during a not-all-that-intense moment in the film.  Gregory Ellwood wrote it up last night.  The Hollywood Reporter and David Poland chimed in today.  I was reading about it in real time via Steven Zeitchik’s Tweets.  Bizarre.

Apparently the film got a standing ovation, as of course it would.  Premieres are cake for a film like this.  Bummer I couldn’t make it but, onto the next.  Check back later today for an interview with the film’s director and writer Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy.

[Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures]

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  • 1 11-04-2010 at 8:46 am

    Hunter Tremayne said...

    127 Hours may be the perfect picture to run for theater owner who want to refurbish their armrests.

  • 2 11-04-2010 at 8:56 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    Someone passed out at the Antichrist screening at New York Film Fest last year. That is the only time I have ever seen anything like that.

  • 3 11-04-2010 at 8:59 am

    Maxim said...

    “…ended up missing last night’s premiere of “127 Hours” but man do I wish I had been there. Because these fainting spells are turning into a traveling roadshow experience for the film.”

    So, let me get this straight, you regret missing the premiere because somebody in the audience had a seizure? I am not trying to provoke you. but man, that’s how it reads. What gives? It’s a film you’ve already seen. OK, granted, it a big film but why in the world what you want be there if someone got sick during the movie?

  • 4 11-04-2010 at 9:15 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Yes, you are trying to provoke me. Or otherwise, you don’t know sarcasm and/or a bit of a joke when you read it.

    (I was, as I mentioned in a separate thread, actually planning on attending but something came up. It’s been two months since I saw it, after all.)

  • 5 11-04-2010 at 9:50 am

    Nelson said...

    Honestly I saw this film at Telluride and I don’t understand how the scene made everyone have seizures and faint. It was just some really powerful (and painful) sound effects and a brief glimpse of blood.

  • 6 11-04-2010 at 9:52 am

    Maxim said...

    It’s the otherwise. I didn’t think you were being sarcastic because of the last paragraph. It reads fairly straight to me (and makes perfect sense by itself). And it didn’t exactly seem like a terribly jokey subject matter in the first place.

    Still, I guess I’m relieved.

  • 7 11-04-2010 at 10:10 am

    Ben M. said...

    While for the most part publicity is good for a film, I can’t help but wonder if these fainting reports will hurt the film in box office and possibly even awards potential. It could get a reputation for being too intense that some people may shy away from the film, already I know a couple of people who either don’t want to or unsure about seeing the film because they fear it is too much for them.

    I’m planning on seeing it this weekend, so hopefully it won’t be too bad. Usually I’m pretty good at taking violent films (for instance I saw Saw 3D this past weekend since my friend is a huge fan of the franchise, and while I’ve never seen another Saw film and didn’t care for the movie only a little bit of the violence bothered me), but I have to admit the thought of the guy cutting his arm off is the type of thing I get squeamish about.

  • 8 11-04-2010 at 10:16 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    If only Irreversible had an awards season run.

  • 9 11-04-2010 at 10:17 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    As I said on Twitter, the only time I had to look away from the screen was the scene in which Franco removes his contact lenses, ommetaphobic weirdo that I am.

    Everything after that was a breeze.

  • 10 11-04-2010 at 10:51 am

    M.Harris said...

    I actually thing these “fainting spells” that happend while a few people were veiwing this film might actually help it’s box office gross. It’s almost the same as when people ride by a car accident. Most people look. Even when they can see that it’s a bad accident; before they drive up to it.

  • 11 11-04-2010 at 10:52 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    “apparently came during a not-all-that-intense moment in the film.”

    The opening credits?

  • 12 11-04-2010 at 10:54 am

    red_wine said...

    This might not hurt the box office. They could actually turn this into some kind of viral publicity if they are prepared to aim lower.

    “Hundreds fainting in 127 hours!!! Are you man enough to handle it???”

    Something akin to a horror movie/Paranormal Activity campaign. They can even have stunt people installed in theaters who will scream at specific points or pretend to faint. I wonder if they are not already doing this :)

  • 13 11-04-2010 at 3:46 pm

    GlenH said...

    I suspect that if anyone has actually fainted because of the arm-cutting-off scene (and I’m still a little dubious about this) it’s because the typical prestige pic going audience isn’t use to this kind of thing.

    Although that’s not the greatest explanation either – is it really worse than the Godfather or Slumdog?

  • 14 11-04-2010 at 5:43 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Hello, “The Exorcist” anyone? And that’s what, in the Top 10 highest grossing films of all time (adjusted)?

    Also, Danny Boyle was on Jimmy Fallon last night and it was really funny. They talked about all the fainting stuff, and Zach Galifianakis had a particularly fun time with it.