When actress Malin Akerman headed to Sundance Thursday to promote three films at the festival: Happythankyoumoreplease, Bang Bang Club, and The Romantics, she hung around the airport in Los Angeles looking like just another passenger awaiting her plane. But when she landed in Salt Lake City, it was an entirely different situation. Watchmen fans surrounded their Silk Spectre with freshly printed glossy photos, searching for a signature. The attention seemed a bit out of place, and rather extreme, for this airport that is usually filled with ski buffs ready to attack Utah’s snowy peaks. But one week out of the year, Utah becomes a star-studded locale, and the fans are ready. “I always wonder how they know where I am,” says Akerman. “There must be some insider at the airport who calls all the Watchmen fans, because they are always the ones that show up.” And how does Akerman handle the adoration? “You’ve got to give them a ‘one more and I’ll see you at the festival.’ But they can be pretty adamant. One of these days I’m going to have to interview them to figure out how they find me.”
Akerman’s first film Happythankyoumoreplease debuted to a standing ovation. The directorial debut from How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor has received some solid reviews and is likely to sell by the end of the festival.