Vin Diesel is happy to stay in front of the camera for his big action roles
MSN Cannes Diary: Day 6
Le weekend in Cannes began with a screening of Lawless, the prohibition era drama penned by musician Nick Cave, who came to town along with stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain. Expectations of the film were high - while I enjoyed the performances I found the story wanting; it's a strong three stars out of five but hardly a masterpiece. Still, a suitably starry line up for the premiere: Chastain rocked a Gucci frock and Tom Hardy's bushy beard played a starring role on the red carpet.
A slightly more random star in town was Leigh Francis, who gave us an interview in character as Keith Lemon, the would-be entrepreneur character who presents Celebrity Juice. We sat drinking rose on a balcony overlooking the sea as he explained the concept of the film (basically a mockumentary). Watch this space for the full interview.
It was a less surreal experience than I'd expected: while cracking jokes and keeping Lemon's Leeds accent throughout Francis peppered his conversation with real details about himself, such as the fact that his arrival was delayed due to taking his girlfriend's passport to the airport instead of his own. Doh!
Le weekend turned extremely rainy after that point but in Cannes there are always places to shelter. Crowds came raving out of Sunday's screening of Love by Michael Haneke - probably the most lauded film so far - and we found shelter on a swanky yacht courtesy of Isle of Man films before a party in a chateau thanks to Future Cinema. Seems churlish to complain about the weather in the circumstances.
Crazy Cannes titbit
Harvey Weinstein hosted a party on Sunday for The Sapphires, a musical that looks destined to be a hit. Star Chris O'Dowd was in attendance and entertainment was provided by a female singer - word is that Weinstein spotted her on a yacht that afternoon and snapped her up for his bash. What Harvey wants, Harvey gets.