feet would not slide out all night. (Excuse the mess on the floor, but it has been a busy week, and I hadn't gotten around to straightening up. The living room is much cleaner today though!)
A fair amount of the cast showed up, since it was filmed in Austin and a lot of the minor characters are local.
It almost seemed like a little LOST reunion because Michelle Rodriguez and Jeff Fahey were both in the film and in attendance, but Ken Leung (Miles Straume on the show) was also randomly there. My pictures from the red carpet arrivals aren't very good because my camera was not being cooperative. For example:
Oh look! It's a blurry picture of Michelle Rodriguez having her picture taken by someone else.
The movie was really entertaining, and it was fun to watch Austin displayed prominently in another film, although they made it seem like it was mostly full of either illegal Mexican immigrants or conservative, money-hungry, right-wingers. I could overlook all that though, because it's not as though the film was setting out to be super realistic - just super awesome!
After the premier we headed to the afterparty at Austin Studios. It was supposed to be 'stunt filled' but nothing really happened in the hour we were there. Most of the vehicles from a prominent sequence in the film were out for people to take pictures with or admire.
Jeff Fahey, Ken Leung, and Robert Rodriguez were about being social, but I didn't see Danny Trejo or Michelle Rodriguez mingling while we were there.
All in all it was a good experience, but I think the party would have been more fun if it was on a weekend.
Robert Rodriguez said that he had just flown in from Venice, missed him plane in Houston, had to rent a car to be back in Austin for the premier AND was starting filming Spy Kids 4 the next day. So I felt really lazy compared to him. I wish I had that stamina.