X-Gamers Party at ‘Disturbia' Event9 Aug, 2007 By: Chris Tribbey
X-Gamers Carey Hart and Andy MacDonald at the 'Disturbia' party.
The night before huge competitions on a national stage, most athletes prepare with maybe a light workout, a healthy meal and an early bedtime.
Losers. This is the X-Games, dude! X-Gamers like to party.
Paramount Pictures, ESPN The Magazine and X-Games 13 co-sponsored a celebration of the Aug. 7 DVD release of Disturbia at The Standard's rooftop bar in downtown Los Angeles Aug. 2. Despite the open bar and the fact that many of them were practicing or competing the next day, X-Games athletes outnumbered the movie stars.
“It won't be an all-nighter, just a couple cocktails,” said BMX rider Alistair Whitton, who would finish sixth out of nine in Big Air section qualifying the next morning (the top three moved on). “I don't go to bed early anyways.”
Moto X competitor Carey Hart, skateboarder Andy MacDonald and X-Games torch bearer (and Olympic gold medalist) Shaun White could all be seen enjoying the warm, open-air setting. White would go on to win a gold medal in the skateboard vert-ramp competition Aug, 5.
But not everyone was there to party the night away. Disturbia actress Carrie-Anne Moss spent her time chatting with a friend before leaving while the night was young.
“I'm not so much a big movie star, I think,” said Moss (“The Matrix trilogy,” Memento). “I think I'm a mother most of the time.” Moss has two sons.
Disturbia director D.J. Caruso had his family with him. Three of his four children, including his two sons who play nasty neighborhood brats in Disturbia, attended the event. Caruso said he had no qualms directing his own sons.
“I wanted real kids, because these guys live in Pasadena and they play baseball …. [they could handle] water balloons and riding bikes,” he said.