Red carpets are weird under optimal circumstances, but they’re especially bizarre at Comic-Con. Instead of just covering one movie and interviewing its stars as they walk down the carpet from one end to the other, most Comic-Con carpets are organized — like the presentations in Hall H — by film studio. So all the Marvel films might be on one red carpet, and all the Universal films on another, and so on. So a whole mess of stars from a bunch of movies will walk the carpet simultaneously, all promoting different projects. And because time is a precious commodity, they’ll start the talent from one movie on one end of the press line and the talent from another movie at the other end. If you’re a camera crew in the middle of the line — like our IFC News team was at this year’s Columbia Pictures red carpet — it can turn into quite the traffic jam.
What results are sort of the interview equivalent of a mash-up: you’ve got Will Ferrell promoting his new film “The Other Guys,” opening next Friday, while Seth Rogen is talking about “The Green Hornet,” which comes out in January. Like a lot of mash-ups the results can be awkward or interesting, or both, which is what happened here. Is Ferrell’s joke about the troubles on “The Green Hornet” legit shop talk or just a joke? You decide.