Twice in the past few days he has been spotted on the red carpet in Leicester Square, waving at crowds, posing for selfies, chatting with fans…
Tom Cruise? Benedict Cumberbatch? Tom Hiddleston?
No. Jeremy Corbyn.
In between battling Theresa May at PMQs and recruiting his new Shadow Cabinet, the Labour Party leader has been spending quite a lot of time at the movies in Leicester Square, walking the red carpet (tie-less, of course).
First, Corbyn was spotted last Saturday night at the London Film Festival for a gala screening of Oliver Stone's 'Snowden'. Then, on Tuesday night, he walked the red carpet for the premiere of Ken Loach's new film, 'I, Daniel Blake'.
The red carpet might not sound like the natural habitat of a politician who's famously averse to photographers' flashbulbs, but both these films are right up his street. 'Snowden' is a biopic of Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower, while Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake' is a drama about a Newcastle man stuck in a vicious circle of government bureaucracy. Also, both Stone and Loach are famous agitators on the left of politics. Loach even did some filming last month with Corbyn, as he told Time Out during a recent interview. 'We shot a few scenes of him in Sheffield meeting a group of supporters. It was interesting to see people exchanging thoughts with him. He's the only politician I've ever seen who actively wants to hear what people say rather than just wanting to jump in.'
There are some high-profile premieres coming up in London over the next few months. We look forward to images of Corbyn hanging out with JK Rowling at the 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' launch (actually, surely they'd get along?) or with a Stormtrooper at the 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' premiere. We can imagine him whispering 'fascist' under his breath at that one.
Read our review of 'I, Daniel Blake', which opens in cinemas tomorrow, Friday October 21.
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