On Jan. 7, “The Hollywood Reporter” published a report of the “Struck by Lightning” Hollywood premiere, in which “Glee” star Darren Criss (Blaine Anderson) offered high praise of his former on-screen beau, Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel), who penned the SBL screenplay and starred in the film.
Criss said, “Chris is such force of nature, and I was so proud of him and what he created and what he’s done and his honesty with his life and the way he works. It’s really inspiring. So yes, yes I did enjoy it very much.”
Criss was joined by “Glee” co-stars Dot Marie Jones (Coach Bieste), Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike Chang) and Max Adler (Dave Karofsky) at the premiere screening after party.
Colfer’s on-screen BFF Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) was unable to attend the premiere but voiced her well wishes and praise via Twitter on Jan. 6 saying, “Good luck to one of my favorite people in the whole world tonight @chriscolfer I love you! #SBL is so AMAZING! Wish I could be there!” And, again, on Jan. 7 saying, “Such a great first day back at work at #Glee! @chriscolfer I <3 u.. Had so much fun working with you today!”
Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer has indeed proven himself to be a creative tour de force as he published his first novel last summer, “The Land of Stories,” which was a critically-acclaimed NY Times Bestseller. He also made his screenwriting debut with “Struck by Lightning” and continues to deliver stellar, emotionally-charged performances in the fourth season of “Glee.”
In SBL, Colfer stars as Carson Phillips, a high school senior who gets struck by lightning and killed, he recounts how he blackmailed fellow classmates into contributing to his literary magazine. The darkly comedic film also stars Dermot Mulroney, Allison Janney, Rebel Wilson, Christina Hendricks and Sarah Hyland.
Colfer talked about Kurt’s empowerment and responsibility to his TV audience while exploring other creative venues in a Jan. 8 “Vanity Fair” interview. He said, “I do probably receive a thousand letters from people a week who love [Kurt] and feel empowered by him, but I always feel responsibility as a role model in the public eye in how I present myself personally. But I never feel pressure as an actor or a writer. I never feel that I can’t write this or play that role. It’s always just like when I’m being interviewed or how I present myself in the real world.”
As for “Glee,” it seems Kurt Hummel is on the brink of a significant change, as he and Blaine are currently split (although vow to remain friends), and, he nailed an unexpected second audition to NYADA and got accepted for the upcoming new semester. Plus, much to diehard Klaine fans’ chagrin, “Glee” cast Oliver Kieran-Jones as the head of the NYADA glee club and a potential love interest for Kurt.
How many hats can one star wear? It seems right now, Colfer is happily wearing several. He is hard at work on a “Land of Stories” sequel, busy filming “Glee” and will make a public Q & A appearance at the theatrical opening of “Struck by Lightning” this Friday, Jan. 11, at NYC’s AMC Theatres Empire 25 at the 7 p.m. showing.
“Struck by Lightning’s” US theatrical release date is January 11, 2013.
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