A lengthy standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival can cement a film’s status as a future hit — and is, of course, a lovely pat on the back for its cast and crew.
But this was marred by a little embarrassment for Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, the stars of Quentin Tarantino’s latest flick Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood, when it made its Cannes debut.
As the crowd rose to their excited feet at the end of the premiere, an overzealous cameraman positioned his lens within inches of the stars’ faces, much to their embarrassment.
First up was Dakota Fanning, who plays a member of the infamous Manson Family in the 1960s-set movie, and was spotted awkwardly avoiding eye-contact with the camera.
The shot then panned left to Margot Robbie who sported a friendly smile and enthusiastic clap as the lens hovered just inches from her face.
After skipping key production personnel including Tarantino, Brad Pitt is then forced to face the camera, offering a brief wave before gazing past its cameraman for almost 10 seconds.
By this point, the awkward camerawork had thrown moviegoers in the row behind the stars into a fit of giggles, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s girlfriend Camila Morrone.
She likely knew her beau of almost two years was the cameraman’s next victim and was proved correct before the star attempted to keep his cool during the close-up shot.
Finishing off the intimate reaction was director Quentin, who played off the intimidating angle by breaking out jokester-like dance moves in front of the packed theatre.
While the movie, which chronicles the lives of several real and fictional movie stars in the summer of 1969, received a rapturous applause at the premiere, it has also been the subject of some offscreen controversy.
Earlier this week, Tarantino and Margot Robbie - who plays real life murdered actress Sharon Tate - were forced to defend her lack of lines in the film.
“I just reject your hypothesis,” the director abruptly responded to a reporter’s enquiry, leaving Margot to explain how she still “got a lot of time to explore the character, even without dialogue specifically.”
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