ohn and Edward sparkle brightest among X Factor crew at film premiere on the night of London's big Xmas lights swich-on
The stars were out in force last night for the premiere of the new 3D Disney film A Christmas Carol. And
leading the pack were the final eight X Factor acts, who swept into
London town dressed in their best for an outing on the red carpet. They
arrived to winter wonderland scenes, with Leicester Square transformed
into a festive feast of carol singers, Christmas trees and performers
adorned in Victorian clothing. Irish
John and Edward Grimes predictably stole the show in matching grey suits
and trainers by jumping in front of their slightly more aloof rivals.
Christmas cheer: The remaining eight X
Factor acts spiced up the world premiere of Disney's new animated film A
Christmas Carol which was held in London's Leicester Square last night
premiere of the film, based on the novel by Charles Dickens, coincided
with the big Christmas lights switch-on. Rubber-faced
funnyman Jim Carrey, who stars in the animated movie, turned on the
lights in Oxford Street, while Colin Firth illuminated nearby Regent Street and Bob Hoskins did the honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Carrey, who wore a beard, plays Ebeneezer Scrooge, while Firth is Fred and Hoskins Mr Fezziwig in Robert Zemeckis' film.
Here comes trouble: Lucie Jones and Stacey Solomon (left) and Dublin twins John and Edward Grimes
Here come the boys: Simon Cowell's Over 25s, Danyl Johnson, Jamie Archer and Olly Murs
was musical entertainment from acts including girl group The Saturdays,
Peter Andre, Spandau Ballet and The Noisettes in the build-up to the
switch-ons. It is the
50th anniversary of the Christmas lights on Oxford Street, and the
first time the illuminations have been turned on simultaneously with Regent Street. After
the switches were flicked, award-winning singer Andrea Bocelli and the
St Paul's Cathedral Choir led crowds in an attempt to stage the world's
biggest carol singing event.
Leading men: Stars of the movie Jim Carrey with wife Jenny McCarthy and his co-star Colin Firth and wife Livia
All together: Carrey poses with Bob Hoskins, who also appears in the movie, and Firth
Fans who gathered at the three sites, as well as Leicester Square, joined in the record attempt. A bearded Carrey told Sky News the singing was 'beautiful'.
called A Christmas Carol 'the best version that's ever been seen' and
added: 'It's a new era and a new way of seeing this story.' Carrey voices characters including Scrooge in the animated film, and explained how he prepared for the role.
On form: The Saturdays stars Una Healy, Vanessa White, Rochelle Wiseman, Mollie King and Frankie Sandford
Dressed to impress: Singer Peter Andre and former Big Brother star Chantelle Houghton
'The belief that he has through his entire life that he is unloved and unworthy of love, that's where I started,' he said. 'That creates a spiritual acid reflux as it were.' The 47-year-old joked that he wanted the film released earlier in the year. He
said: 'I told them I wanted it to start earlier but the research showed
that closer to Christmas would be better. I wanted this to be a summer
Hitting the right note: Little Boots, Britain's Got Talent star Faryl Smith and presenter Konnie Huq
Performers in costume prior to the film's premiere at the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square
Christmas lights events were followed by the premiere of A Christmas
Carol in three cinemas in Leicester Square as well as ten others around
the country. Organisers hope the event will set a world record for the largest premiere of a 3D film.
Oh yea, oh yea: Actors give a Dickensian flavour to the proceedings in Leicester Square
heart-throb Firth revealed how he and Carrey had to
squeeze themselves into skin-tight spandex bodysuits to make the film. The Bridget Jones actor joked that he had
to reach for the contents of his fruitbowl to give him a more
impressive silhouette in the unforgiving outfit, which he said showed
off every lump and bump. The two actors also told of the
humiliating pose they had to strike before filming each scene and
described how much pressure there was on them to get each take right,
because of the way the film was made.
Earlier the stars of the movie switched
on the Christmas lights in London simultaneously with Carrey turning
them on in Oxford Street, Firth in Regent Street and Hoskins
illuminating St Paul's Cathedral
True: Spandau Ballet performed outside the
cathedral (from left) Martin Kemp, Tony Hadley, Steve Norman and Gary
Kemp (drummer John Keeble is hidden)
The 3D film, made by Who
Framed Roger Rabbit? director Robert Zemeckis, uses performance capture
- a technological process which records actors' movements and
expressions and turns them into animation. Zemeckis' Polar Express and Beowulf were also made in this way.
Other performances came from Peter Andre, Little Boots aka Victoria Hesketh and Andrea Bocelli
The Saturdays also sang for the crowds before attending the premiere
who won the hearts of many by donning period clothing for the
television adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice, said he was
deprived of such dressing up on A Christmas Carol. He said: 'The
18th century breeches and boots were designed to flatter. The spandex
that we were put in bulges in all the places you don't want it to
bulge, resolutely refuses to bulge in the places you don't want it to
bulge. 'I tried every form of fruit and vegetable available to me
in my trailer, every culinary item, juicers, blenders and I thought
'well no, it's the spandex so it's obviously not me I'm fine,' and then
I walk into Jim, hung like a water buffalo.'