‘Museum’ Stars Come to Life at Premiere
So, what happens when the National Air and Space Museum clears out for the night? Why, the celebs come out, of course.
Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Amy Adams, Ricky Gervais, Hank Azaria and Owen Wilson descended upon the nation's capital Thursday night for the premiere of "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," which is about things that go bump in the museum once the lights go off.
"The Office" creator and star Gervais had his own ideas about what happens when the museum closes for the evening.
"People wander around doing crosswords and smoking cigarettes," he joked.
The British comedian looked dapper in a Calvin Klein suit, but earlier in the day suffered a wardrobe malfunction when he was forced to take a tour of the White House in pajamas — seriously — while his suit languished at the dry cleaners. His "black stretchy" pajama pants made him look "like some sort of escaped patient," he admitted, but President Obama wasn't around to see his informal wear. He did, however, write the president after the election, regarding Paris Hilton's desire to shack up in London last fall.
"We'll take back Posh Spice if you take back Hilton," he wrote.
Williams reprises his role as "radical" President Teddy Roosevelt in the film and was happy to be in Washington.
"I just love being in this building," he said wistfully.
He said he feels "very well" after undergoing major heart surgery in March.
Playing opposite Stiller proved difficult because of all the crack-ups, Williams said. "It was hard to get through it," he said. But it was worth it because Stiller's "got a great laugh."
Azaria plays Egyptian pharaoh Kah Mun Rah in the film, who has a mean streak — and a mean lisp. The "Simpsons" star based the slight speech impediment on horror star Boris Karloff's classic performances as the mummy. But don't look for it to pop up in other places.
"Moe don't lisp," he said of the rough-around-the-edges bartender he voices on Simpsons.
Wilson, who said he based his fearless cowboy character Jedediah Smith on his brother Luke Wilson because he has a lot of heart, found it hard to keep a straight face with funny guys like Stiller and Williams around, but "the good thing is we get to do a lot of takes."