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|On the Carpet: Going the Distance World Premiere|
|Written by Ivan Radford|
|Friday, 20 August 2010 10:48|
Leicester Square turned blue last night for the world premiere of Going the Distance, a rom-com that sees wannabe journalist Drew Barrymore and record company desk-monkey Justin Long hook up in New York and then keep the relationship going from opposite sides of the States.
"No, never! It was so surreal. Drew Barrymore is like an institution! But more than that - she's this freak of nature, like the nicest person ever."
"Yeah, that's out at Thanksgiving. I saw some footage of it and it looks incredible. I'm really critical of stuff I see, but I think it's going to amazing."
"We did a gig in LA, then we got invited down to a meeting with the director and producer - they asked us to write a couple of songs, and we read the script and really liked it."
"Yeah, it's a consultation process - we had a couple of versions of songs that they gave feedback on. It's normally just four people in a room, us going "yes" or "no", but suddenly there were people all over the place offering comments. It made it harder, but much more rewarding."
"It's about when you find those moments of absolute bliss with another person."
"She's beautiful, insanely funny, and I got to see a side of her that I didn't normally see. I got to see the way she treated people she was working with - she treated everyone with so much gratitude and grace."
"It's always easier working with people you know, you can build more of a rapport. Most of the time you're not working - it's just down time, so it's good to be around people you can have fun with."
"I listen to music a lot, and I love Boxer Rebellion! If I managed a band, it would be them. Drew has a similar taste, but she knows all the current bands. I'm stuck back in the 60s and 70s with Bob Dylan... There was one ad-lib, when we were doing shoots with a guerilla crew around Coney Island, and we were doing stuff on music, like punk rock and Sex Pistols. And she knew everything. She would've been better playing my character than me!"
"I love bringing a film to London - people are so lovely, stylish and sexy and fun! I always feel fortunate to have people embrace my films here."