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Beyond the red carpet: Cumberbatch and Fassbender sightings on the first night of TIFF
Sabrina Maddeaux spots a slew of the festival’s hunk contingent at Soho House and talks to the stars of ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ about Russia’s anti-gay law.
Parties: The place to be last night was Soho House & Grey Goose’s opening night party with Michael Sugar (producer of
The Fifth Estate). Benedict Cumberbatch showed up after midnight wearing a
dapper tuxedo and looked just as good in person as he does on film. In between fits of overly excited babbling to
Toronto Life’s Fraser Abe, I spotted him chatting it up with Alicia Vikander (
The Fifth Estate), or as another excited partygoer shouted, “Khaleesi!” Vikander donned a floor-length floral gown, minimal makeup, and checked out of the party early—planting a firm kiss on each of Cumberbatch’s cheeks on her way out. Michael Fassbender, who everyone seemed to think would be taller, took over the dance floor when R. Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix)” came on. “I’m so happy you’re doing this!” shouted Colin Hanks from what he thought was a safe distance, which resulted in Fassbender pulling the reluctant Hanks onto the dance floor with him.
Blonde bombshell Juno Temple (
Killer Joe, Horns) also stopped by and took the time to sign autographs for a few lucky fans (or enterprising eBay-ers, more likely) waiting outside the party. Rounding out the pretty people crowd was Tom Welling, who, while looking a little more silver-haired than in his
Smallville days, held his own next to Cumberbatch and Fassbender.
Sabrina chats with the stars of ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ on the next page…
Quotables: I sat down with rising stars Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux from buzzed-about film ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ and asked them what they thought about Russia’s anti-gay law. Here’s what they had to say:
Adèle: I don’t understand how everyone can be so focused on these things that you can’t control because we are all human beings. There are so many bigger problems. It’s good to love; I don’t understand why people fear when they see something different.
Léa: I think we still need to evolve. [Being gay is] still a taboo now; I think that’s why the film is very modern, because it’s beyond homosexuality, it’s just love. Even in the film, it’s not like a ‘gay’ story. Adèle’s character isn’t a lesbian; my character is a lesbian. She falls in love with me, and then maybe after she has a story with a guy. And the thing is, that’s how it is now in life. Now you have people who can make love to men, women… I think we still need evolution. Unfortunately, there are still some problems in places like Russia and that’s why I hope many people will see the film.
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