Feig on the Road: Fitting in, in London

Travel Journal

Part seven of Paul Feig's sartorial tour of the press junket.

Oct 9, 2013 | 01:06 PM

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June 14th – Well, the outfit got attention, that's for sure. I got my picture in several papers wearing that bowler hat and sporting that walking stick. Granted, Sandra [Bullock] was in the pictures too, but my outfit did its best to hold its own against her overwhelming beauty. People seemed to like the look, except for one British reporter who made a comment about me dressing like an English stereotype. And I guess he has a case. It would probably look the same way if a British director showed up at his U.S. premiere dressed like a cowboy. But I look at my outfit as getting back to my roots. And I guarantee I'll be wearing bowlers a lot more. That is a promise.

Had a great premiere screening. Lots of laughs and great feedback from everybody I spoke to. We had a lot of members of the public in the screening, since several radio stations and newspapers gave away tickets in various contests. So, it was great to see it with an audience who were there simply to see a movie. Fox threw a very nice party afterwards at Claridge's and after that, many of us ended up in another of my favorite bars in London, the Fumoir Bar in the lobby of the hotel. You can only drink in the bar if one of you is staying in the hotel since it's so small. But it's very deco and elegant and the martinis flowed.

One interesting fact about London—at a movie premiere, the general public lines the red carpet behind barriers and all the stars and people involved walk right past them, only a couple of feet away. And as soon as the people see you, they start yelling out your name for an autograph. I mean, very aggressively. And it's very cool. But here's the catch. If they're yelling for you, you have to sign the autograph, no many how many people want it.

What happens if you don't, you ask? They "boo" you. Loudly. Angrily. And then they sort of hate you. I've heard stories of big stars having to go into the theater before they could sign everything and get viciously booed by the crowd. I'm only a director and nobody really gives a flying shit about me and yet they still called for my autograph and got very perturbed when I was pulled away to do some photos with my cast and Katie Dippold, our writer. I had to promise them I'd come back and then I did just that. Personally, I really enjoy signing and taking photos with people because, again, nobody really cares about the director most of the time. So, I got to feel like a movie star for a bit. And I avoided being booed.

Had my second fitting at Thom Sweeney for the suit I plan to wear to the New York premiere. They were nice enough to rush this one, since I only alerted them to my need for it a few weeks ago when my wife and I stopped over during a quick vacation to Capri we had taken. I want to have something a bit special for the U.S. premiere and so picked out a spicy plum/purple fabric that I think might be nice. They've made me two other suits and so have my pattern all cut out and basically adjusted to my body.

When you get a bespoke suit, after they take all your measurements, they cut out the pieces of fabric they need in order to assemble your suit. Once they stitch them all together and try it on you for your first fitting (which is usually about a month after they take your measurements), they make their adjustments and then trace the pieces of fabric onto paper, then cut out each piece of paper, which then becomes your "cut."  They then use this if you order another suit so that you don't need to do the first "taking your measurements" step. You can just pick out your fabric or call them and tell them what you want and they can assemble your suit for your first fitting without you being anywhere near their shop.

This was my second fitting, where they do all the fine-tuning to make sure it's all fitting perfectly. There's always a bit more adjustment to be done and, honestly, it's rare that it's perfect even after this step. You usually require one more fine-tuning session after you've had the opportunity to wear the suit a few times and have begun to break it in. Even though a suit has been tailored exactly to your body, it really needs some wearing to have it properly mold to your shape and reveal any extra fiddling it may require. But for the premiere, the suit will be arriving in Manhattan only a few days before I walk the red carpet, far from the Thom Sweeney tailors. So, fingers crossed this all works out. (These guys are pretty great, so I have little fear.)

I've got the day off tomorrow and plan on simply walking around London and doing some window shopping and trying desperately not to buy anything, since the exchange rate could bankrupt me. Here's to hoping we have some nice weather. C'mon, London, let the sun shine!  No journal reportage tomorrow. I'll let you off the hook for one day. Enjoy.Paul Feig

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