Following Angelina and Brad Down the Chaotic 'Maleficent' Red Carpet
At last night’s enormous Maleficent Hollywood premiere, the usual showbiz pageantry was upset when Ukrainian journalist Vitalii Sediuk leaped over a barrier and made contact with Brad Pitt’s face. Details of the incident are still unclear, though it’s unlikely that he punched or slapped the actor; that’s not the modus operandi of the same serial red-carpet troublemaker who tried to kiss Will Smith, hugged Bradley Cooper and Leonardo DiCaprio, and climbed under America Ferrera’s dress at Cannes. (He’s been booked for suspicion of battery, and is currently being held on $20,000 bail.) Yahoo photo editor Giana Mucci was roaming the event with a camera, and to see her close-up photos is to get an idea of just how daunting it must be to be the focus of a red carpet; even when nobody leaps over the barricade, it is an evening of barely controlled chaos and invaded personal space. I know, I know: Boo hoo, celebrities, with your movie star problems. And yet the photo timeline below gives a glimpse of how overwhelming it can be to be the object of that much wide-eyed adulation in a tiny space. (Note: Mucci did not catch the actual Sediuk incident, just the aftermath.)
Brad and Angelina begin their walk down Hollywood Blvd. toward the El Capitan theater. Fans (and the inevitable “REPENT! FOLLOW JESUS!” sign-waving opportunist) crowd the sidewalks. The head of security told Mucci that Brangelina fans had shown up to secure a spot as early as 1 p.m. the previous afternoon; that was earlier than even Marvel obsessives, who usually don’t arrive at superhero premieres until the morning of. At this point the stars have room to breathe, though that won’t last long.
A quick photo op with a group of girls doing Maleficent cosplay (Pitt, who was nearby yells, “You guys look great!”) Adorable, and also well contained.