Friday, March 1, 2024

Star Daniel Craig, aka Benoit Blanc, Misses L.A. Premiere of “Glass Onion” Thanks to the Flu


The big mystery at the LA premiere of Netflix’s sequel murder mystery “Glass Onion; A Knives Out Mystery” last night: where was star Daniel Craig, aka Benoit Blanc?

Director Rian Johnson explained to the crowd at the Academy Museum that Craig was “heartbroken” but had come down “with a bug.” The massive cast — which includes Kate Hudson, Edward Norton, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr and Janelle Monae — had to carry on without their leader. (And you thought James Bond was impervious to all ailments!)

Stuber introduced director/writer Rian Johnson as a “filmmaker who continues to grow, continues to entertain and continues to deliver great part for his actors and great entertainment for you the audience.” Rian then thanked the packed house and brought out the all star cast. He noted, “There’s two people who are missing from here. up here. Dave Bautista who is shooting right now. And Daniel Craig — I’m wondering if we can record just a little video and say we all love you Daniel. Is everyone down for that?”

When the audience (which included Kate Hudson’s famous mom Goldie Hawn, “Game of Thrones” producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, and Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon) enthusiastically shouted ‘Yes,’ Johnson then instructed the audience, “everyone all together say, ‘we love you Daniel.’” Johnson ended with “this is insane right? Pretty crazy, just have fun.”

At the after party, Craig’s lovely daughter actress Ella Craig, who was with the powerhouse producer/actress Colleen Camp, told me that, “My dad has the flu. This is the first time in 10 years he’s missed something like this. He’s really upset about it.” But Daniel should know that the audience was loving the movie. The film played beautifully with raucous laughter from the crowd. With a clever script and terrific actors, “Glass Onion” is a dazzling and delightful whodunit.

“Glass Onion” will be in theaters on November 23rd, and will start streaming on Netflix Dec 23. 2022.

Leah Sydney
Leah Sydney
Leah Sydney writes from Los Angeles for A seasoned journalist with a long history during the halcyon days of the NY Daily News, Leah is a member of the Critics Choice and Rotten Tomatoes.

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