A full-skirted ball gown may be the ne plus ultra of Cannes glamour, but it’s not a very good hiding place.
On Friday night, a notorious red carpet prankster caused a scene at the premiere of How To Train Your Dragon 2, when he attempted to dive under the hem of America Ferrera’s pale yellow Georges Hobeika Couture dress.
As Ferrera posed for photographers with co-stars Jay Baruchel, Kit Harington, Cate Blanchett and Djimon Hounsou, she initially seemed unaware of the action taking place behind her. (Though the crowd behind her reacted in shock!) Within seconds, several security guards rushed in to drag the man out from under the actress’s voluminous gown.
The culprit has been identified as famed prankster Vitalii Sediuk, a Ukrainian TV presenter who has pulled similar stunts in the past.
In 2012, Sediuk was slapped by Will Smith when he attempted to kiss the actor on the red carpet at the Moscow premiere of Men in Black 3. The following year, he spent the night in an L.A. jail after storming the stage as Adele accepted the award for best pop solo performance at the 2013 Grammys.
Though Ferrera appeared to be shaken and confused by the incident she soon regained her composure. After making her way up the grand staircase of the Palais des Festivals, the actress was reassured by a concerned Blanchett, who wrapped a protective arm around her before the cast made their way inside. “It’s fine — I’m over it,” Ferrera told The Hollywood Reporter. “[My castmates] were all so supportive. They all just wanted to know I was okay.”
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