Chris Evans and Taika Waititi: the Bong Joon-ho fanboys

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 6, 2020 11:54:27 January 6, 2020 11:54:27

As I wrote earlier in the first post about the Golden Globes, Bong Joon-ho has been doing things that other filmmakers are just catching up to now. And he has a lot of fans in the industry, a lot of fans at these awards events, who can’t stop talking about him. Brad Pitt crossed the room to meet the Parasite cast at the AFI event on Friday. Last night on the red carpet, Taika Waititi declared that Bong is his favourite director: 

And it’s not like Taika is an amateur. It’s not like Taika himself isn’t known for his vision. But he’s openly rooting for Parasite, sharing his admiration for Bong Joon-ho without hesitation. Rian Johnson, another acclaimed director, who directed Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Knives Out, one of the best films of the year, also couldn’t stop talking about Bong and Parasite this weekend, telling the NYT that:

“I’m such a fan,” Johnson said. “I even awkwardly introduced myself to him on an airplane once.” One of the best things about awards season, Johnson said, is that it provides ample opportunities to get to know someone like Bong a little bit better.

Rian Johnson just directed Chris Evans in his film. And Chris Evans was in Bong’s Snowpiercer. Chris, obviously, is just as enamored of Bong as everyone else:

I was hoping that we’d get to see Chris catching up with Bong on the carpet last night because that’s what makes these events so much fun – the opportunity to see these people hanging out with their friends. I haven’t been able to chase that down yet as, at the time of this writing, people are still out at the parties. But there’s no doubt that Bong Joon-ho has his fanboys and that both Taika and Chris are among them. 

Chris’s date for the Globes last night was his brother, Scott. They walked by the etalk platform but skipped interviews, waving at our camera instead. He looked great in that red velvet suit though. I don’t know if the colour is as rich and vibrant in these photos as the way it read in person: really striking, really elegant. He’s turned up his steeze over the last year and we really should appreciate it.

Just for fun, let’s pretend it’s the Taika influence. They’re good friends. And Taika never blends in on a carpet. Last night it was a white jacket over a black shirt and pants with white buttons and, as usual, a lot of great posing. He walked by me at one point and was smirking - not in a dick way but more like, “Yeah, look at me, the only man in white tonight, I’m a sexy beast” joke attitude kind of way and if only all of them showed up with the same energy, you know?  

Photos:
Steve Granitz/ Daniele Venturelli/ Michael Kovac/ Getty Images

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