Rain fails to dampen Alice premiere
Published 25/02/2010 | 19:59
Alice In Wonderland turned into Alice In The Wetland when the stars of the new Tim Burton 3D fantasy adventure were soaked by downpours at its premiere.
Hundreds of screaming fans braved the torrential rain to greet Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and a host of British actors who also star in the movie.
London's Leicester Square was transformed into a magical wonderland featuring topiary animals but the green carpet - which replaced the traditional red - was a sodden welcome for the celebrities.
Anne, who looked stunning in a sequinned brown dress with a gold brocade jacket and metallic shoes, agreed with suggestions the film was a feminist take on the classic story. She told the scores of press lining the route to the Odeon Cinema: "I definitely would agree with that - yes.
"This is Alice 10 years later... when she goes to wonderland she's experiencing a return to self and I think it's a wonderful take on it."
Many of the screaming fans were teenage girls who had come to see Johnny and when the star arrived, wearing a dark suit and open neck shirt, he dashed up the carpet to greet some of them.
The movie features Johnny as the Mad Hatter, Anne as the White Queen, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Australian rising star Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Little Britain star Matt Lucas who plays Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
Director Burton, famed for his unusual and unconventional movies, had his own take on the main character of his movie.
He described Alice as "quietly confused" about her life which is why she goes down a rabbit hole.