NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: Plan B Co-Producer Brad Pitt and Netflx’s Scott Stuber attend the "Okja" New York Premiere Afterparty at Top of the Standard on June 8, 2017 in New York City.
Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt Fete Netflix's 'Okja' at Meat-Free NYC Premiere https://t.co/yyL2GhroX8 pic.twitter.com/lJTu4Khy4c— Heat Vision (@HeatVisionBlog) June 9, 2017
Brad Pitt hit the millennial pink carpet to join Tilda Swinton, Lily Collins, Paul Dano, Steven Yeun and Giancarlo Esposito at the New York premiere of Okja on Thursday night.
Swinton, echoing her heart-stamped Schiaparelli smock and heels from the Netflix film’s Cannes premiere, stressed to The Hollywood Reporter that though the Bong Joon-ho comedy centers on a girl who aims to save her 6-ton pet pig from becoming a corporate food product, its direct intention isn’t to transform viewers into vegetarians.
“Absolutely not — it’s about being conscious and awake while we’re here on the planet, keeping our eyes open and not sleepwalking through life,” Swinton explained. However, if that were to happen, "I would feel for the meat industry. Let's see!"
Like their director, cast members found themselves craving less meat throughout production, though it was repeatedly served on set. Ahn Seo-Hyun completely lost her appetite during the slaughterhouse scenes, and has eaten less pork products since wrapping the shoot.
“I don’t think I was as conscious of an eater before,” said Devon Bostick, who plays a member of the animal rights rebel group alongside Dano, Collins and Yeun. “Though I’m not a full vegetarian, I’m much more aware of my intake and how big that footprint is.”
Producers Jeremy Kleiner, Dede Gardner, Christina Oh, Dooho Choi joined director Bong and producer Pitt at the premiere, which was introduced by Netflix film chief Scott Stuber. A special thanks was made to Okja’s late location manager Kat Donahue, whose family was in attendance.
Zoe Kazan, Denis O’Hare, John Cameron Mitchell, Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig, Finn Wittrock, TJ Miller, Julie Taymor and Donna Karan were among those at the screening, which was followed by a party at the Top of the Standard. Unlike the Cannes bash, which uncomfortably greeted moviegoers with prosciutto, the New York event was specifically free of burgers, bacon and ham, and instead served lobster rolls, salmon tartare, king crab bites and various veggie-filled offerings, paired with champagne and a soju-based "Seoul Sister" cocktail.
Okja, also starring Jake Gyllenhaal, hits limited theaters and Netflix on June 28.
Tonight we celebrate #OKJA at the NY Premiere!! Cast and producer Brad Pitt in attendance. 👍 pic.twitter.com/prKMCLfYy2— Giancarlo Esposito (@quiethandfilms) June 9, 2017
Brad Pitt makes a surprise appearance at the NYC premiere of the new movie he produced for @netflix #Okja pic.twitter.com/jW3DZ3nIhh— Jennifer Peros (@jenperos) June 8, 2017