Fans queued for hours just to get a glimpse of their screen idol, and the hunky actor didn't disappoint them. Wearing a black suit and white shirt he withstood the pouring rain, fleeting from fan to fan to sign autographs and pose for photographs.
The star, who ploughed a lot of his own money into the film - which has grossed $150 million (GBP100 million) in its first week - spent 30 minutes rewarding those who had waited so long.
He said, "I wish I could have stayed out longer. It's absolutely fantastic. It's extraordinary.
"Some people have been really anxious for this film to come out and I just hope it lives up to their expectations."
But co-star Laurence Fishburne was less appreciative of the premiere and rating it from one and five, he could only give it a two.22/05/2003 02:06