Georgetown turned into a mini-Hollywood when the stars took to the white carpet for a special premiere of "White House Down” Friday.
Crowds filled K Street outside the AMC Loews Georgetown just to get a glimpse of the leading men, Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. (Even the D.C. Circulator could barely get through.)
While seeing Channing Tatum take selfies (pictures) with fans and watching Maggie Gyllenhaal wear a fierce Alexander McQueen collared dress on the white (not red) carpet was a draw, Jamie Foxx may have stolen the scene.
Foxx -- who plays President Sawyer in the film -- serenaded the audience as the cast introduced the movie, which hits theaters nationwide this Friday.
The lineup for the night also included director Roland Emmerich and newcomer Joey King, who plays Tatum’s daughter in the film.
Tatum definitely had a new dad glow as he talked about how daughter Everly, born May 3.
"I never had a daughter in a movie before, so it was kind of odd me and Jenna [Dewan] concieved on this movie with a daughter. So there's a lot of firsts on the movie for me," he said.
The A-list actor also said he was hesitant about doing the action-packed film in the beginning.
"I wasn't sure at first, I was like, 'Really we're going to blow up the White House? At this time in the world?'" he said. "Then I started reading the script and it seemed like a fun movie to do."
Also a new parent, Gyllenhaal said, "I had a 4-week-old when Roland asked me to do the movie. I was nursing in my trailer between shots."
From playing a slave in last year’s Quentin Tarantino’s “Django” to being the president of the United States in “White House Down,” Foxx's roles have run the gamut recently.
"Slave work is cool, but running the country is a whole lot better," the Oscar winner said.
Foxx was able to bring unique comedic relief to a film jam-packed with terrorism plots and security invasions. There aren’t many parallels between Foxx’s portrayal of a POTUS and President Barack Obama because Foxx depicts a completely different, edgier leadership style in the film.
WHD is a summer blockbuster
If you’re expecting a chick flick like Tatum’s previous roles in “Dear John,” “The Vow” and, of course, “Magic Mike,” this is not the film where tissues are necessary. This movie appeals to both men and women of all ages -- well, at least the ones old enough to understand about the speed cameras in downtown D.C.
The plot, in a nutshell: While on tour at the White House (during pre-furlough days, obviously), a U.S. Capitol officer makes heroic efforts to protect the POTUS, his daughter and the country from domestic traitors.
Sure, it sounds slightly reminiscent of 1996’s “Independence Day” with Will Smith and Bill Pullman -- except without the aliens. Yes, there are some clichés and stereotypes in the film, but “White House Down” doesn’t have a predictable plotline by any means. The film keeps moviegoers speculating up until the last 10 minutes. This is also one of the few films to accurately depict the District and dirty politics at its best.
While Foxx and Tatum are the big names on the marquis, another performance is also notable: 14-year-old Joey King almost overshadows both Tatum and Foxx. She may have played a kid in the film but her attitude and wisdom goes well beyond her age. King could be her generation’s Drew Barrymore.
If you’re a history buff, action/thriller enthusiast, comedy fan or have a slight fascination with Channing Tatum’s muscles, then go see “White House Down.”