The Paris premiere of Tom Hardy’s movie Legend has been cancelled following the terrorist attacks in the French capital on Friday (13Nov15).
The opening was scheduled to take place on Tuesday (17Nov15) at the Olympia theatre in central Paris, but organisers have confirmed it will not be staged. The news comes after more than 130 people were killed in a wave of terror in the city. Many of those were concertgoers at an Eagles of Death Metal gig at the Bataclan theatre, which ISIS followers stormed before opening fire.
A spokesperson for media company Vivendi said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter: “Following the tragic events of this weekend, we decided to cancel the premiere of the movie Legend which was scheduled tomorrow, Tuesday (17Nov15), at the Olympia. We thank you for your understanding.”
Hardy was not expected to attend the premiere, although British singer Duffy, who appears as Timi Yuro, had been slated to make an appearance. The venue was also shut for music performances over the weekend (14-15Nov15), as the French government declared three days of mourning as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives.
A number of musicians cancelled shows, among them Marilyn Manson and Deftones. Madonna performed in Stockholm on Saturday (14Nov15), deciding to go ahead with the show after a great deal of thought. She stopped her performance part way through to pay tribute to those who died in an impassioned speech.
She said: “This whole show is about celebrating life. And standing up for your rights. Fighting for what you believe in,” receiving cheers from the crowd.
“It’s been very hard for me to get through this show and not forget about what happened last night. So I need to take this moment to acknowledge the tragedy. The tragic killings, assassinations and the senseless ending of precious life that occurred last night in Paris. In many ways, I feel torn. Like why am I up here dancing and having fun when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones?”
– Cover Media