Firestarter's Premiere Was a Critical Fizzle, but Bangor, Maine Loved Drew Barrymore's Light Touch
As for King, he was just happy the occasion didn't end in one of his patented disasters. "I have the most outrageous fears," King confessed. "To me, if the theater doesn't catch on fire, the night is a success."
Critics have given Firestarter lukewarm notices (see review, page 12), but the premiere bash was a sellout. King donated the $11,000 proceeds to a popular consumer group called Northeast COMBAT.
Although the party was billed as black tie, plenty of guests showed up in sweaters and jeans. Explained Dr. Doug Cowan, "Anyone in Bangor who's wearing a sport coat is in black tie." Accustomed to the pyrotechnics of a big-city premiere, De Laurentiis felt a little out of place at the subdued gathering. "Usually, there's more noise, music, lights," he noted. Dino's sense of geography is a bit different too. According to King, the first time the mogul landed at the local airport he said, "So, this is Bangor, Maine! Is in New Hampshire, yes?"