“She is amazing,” he gushed to reporters on the red carpet Wednesday, May 18, at the Los Angeles premiere of their new film, a fantastic new Woody Allen comedy set in the always-romantic City of Light. McAdams, who has been traveling with Sheen, Allen and Owen Wilson, the film’s leading man, for the last week, bouncing from the Cannes Film Festival premiere to a star-studded New York City unspooling, didn’t make it to the L.A. premiere, which was hosted by the American Film Institute. But that didn’t stop Sheen from singing her praises, saying, “She’s the most wonderful person I know.”
Wilson joined Sheen for the photo op at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Theater, and gushed a bit himself, about his new baby boy; then both actors waited to hear their first laughs inside the packed venue, then slipped out. But their co-stars Kurt Fuller and Mimi Kennedy stayed for the after party, where champagne and French pastries were spread throughout the lobby of the Academy Awards’ home base and accolades were ringing in the air for their performances as the snooty parents of McAdams’ less-than-appealing character.
The idea of Oscar nominations for the movie being a distinct possibility filled the air, too, as celebs and VIPs chattered noisily about the comedy. Jackie Collins, Lucy Punch, Max Adler, Sybil Danning, Aiden Turner and Jacqueline Bisset joined the crowd in raving about how funny and clever Allen’s latest film is.
Talk of an acting nomination for McAdams, who plays Wilson’s nasty fiancee, swirled, and the irony of Allen being an inadvertent matchmaker came up too. For it was on his 2008 feature “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” that Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem began their romance, which developed into their marriage and a new baby; and Cruz won an Oscar for her performance in that movie.