Authored by Vince Russell on 08 January 2006 at 10:12PM
Current rating: 3 out of 5 stars!
Filed under: Vince Goes Ape

Vince Kong meets King Kong

Vince Kong gets ready for his night out

After deciding a few days earlier to head to the cinema to see Peter Jackson's King Kong, it surprisingly took me an extra day to realise that this was a perfect opportunity to wear my Gorilla costume.

Persuading Lucy was my first hurdle, in the past she has been more than reluctant to accompany me on my Gorilla enhanced missions, but this time it only took a couple of hours of grovelling and the promise of a few shopping trips to win her over! Also coming with us was Lucy's sister Sarah, and thankfully she thought it was a good idea, so no more grovelling was required.

About ten minutes before we were due to leave, I started to get ready, not because it takes me ten minutes but because I like to spend as much time as possible dressed as an Ape. Lucy managed to take a few photos and we made the way to the car, completely uneventful as it turned out. I should say at this stage that I had invented a rule for this mission, I was allowed to take my Gorilla head off only when I was sat down in the cinema, other than that, it had to stay on all the time. As you might guess, this drew some interesting glances from other drivers, and a good few comedy double-takes (my favourite!).

Vince Kong in the Odeon Richmond

A little later, we had collected Sarah, parked the car and were walking towards Richmond Odeon. We passed various restaurants to more comedy double-takes from those dining within, and pretended to be an escaped Ape from the local zoo for the benefit of a couple and their young child.

Arriving at the Odeon was brilliant, I couldn't see very much but I was chuckling inside my costume. Getting popcorn was great as well, I think it's the disbelieve that people have, they are there to see King Kong, and here he is! Getting popcorn! The chaps behind the counter were having a good laugh and asked me if they could take my photo, I was more than happy to oblige!

The film was due to start at 8pm and we turned up five minutes before, I would have thought there would have been loads of people there, but it was practically empty, as the usher showed us to our seat, I started to worry whether we'd chosen the wrong night, but we took our seat, I waved at a few children in front and when the lights when down for the adverts, I took my head off. This was clearly the cue for everyone to turn up because ten minutes later, the cinema was full.

Vince Kong in the Odeon Richmond

The next three hours (yep, it's a long film!) were the most uncomfortable I've had for a long time. Richmond Odeon is normally as hot a hell, but in early January, albeit wearing a Gorilla costume, it took me by surprise. As the film drew to a close, I started to get ready and by the time the first credit showed, I'd put my head back on and was ready for action!

Heading out of the cinema and back to the car was excellent, I could hear the sniggers and the laughs and I loved every minute of it. As it was dark when most people showed up, I think it took them by surprise to see me walking out. To top it all off, as I walked past our local pub on the way home, one of the hardest looking bouncers you've seen, couldn't help giving a little girlie chirp followed by a "ooooh, look, a Gorilla!!". God bless you sir!

Oh, and the film wasn't too bad as well!

A couple of photo's from my big night

Vince Kong gets ready for his night out

Vince Kong arrives at the Odeon Richmond

Vince Kong stopping for some popcorn

Vince Kong about to step in to see the film

Authored by Vince Russell on 08 January 2006 at 10:12PM
Current rating: 3 out of 5 stars!
Filed under: Vince Goes Ape

Comments about "Vince Kong meets King Kong"

Antony said

Hi Vince, I hope that you purchased a childs ticket as I'm guessing that Gorilla's aren't asked their age or expected to carry ID.
Also, I was wondering with hands that big if it was difficult to eat popcorn?
Lastly, do you wear it around the flat? I'm worried about you and Lucy, it's not a fantasy fetish type adventure is it? Wey, hey. Antony

09 January 2006 at 09:37AM

Beardy Boy said

Onga Bonga!!!!

What a wicked thing to do. Awesome.
Please tell me you rapped on your chest and made load noises and even thumped the ground a few times like they did in 'The Legend of Greystoke'. That's what I used to do but with out a costume unfortunately.

So did the cinema give you any royalties?

09 January 2006 at 09:51AM

Antony said

Just another point. Obviously you knew that it is National Chimp Week.

Good to see that you are doing your part.

09 January 2006 at 11:03AM

Vince's mum said

yes guys, I did drop him on his head when he was a baby. Could explain a lot :)

09 January 2006 at 03:51PM

Vince Russell said

Sadly no royalties from the cinema, they did say though that they sometimes have a dude wandering round dressed up for the big films, they had one for Batman apparently. Perhaps this is an unexplored side line for me?!

Lovin' the national chimp week!! I'd like to think I did my part!

09 January 2006 at 08:02PM

mrgrooism said

You're a brave, brave man, hee hee! I actually brought a gorilla mask/hands with me to our KongFest luncheon the day of the NYC World Premiere, but I chickened out!

Oh, and only 20 more days until National Gorilla Suit Day!

12 January 2006 at 01:38AM

Vince Russell said

National Gorilla Suit Day?!! Now that's something I surely must get involved in!

I'm really excited about that now!

12 January 2006 at 06:30PM

Keegan's Perm said

Mr Vince. One can only assume that Richmond Hospital took on a few more patients that night. Or they thought that guy from the Channel 5 documentary flew over from Mexico....

Brilliant - more Monkey Business please

16 January 2006 at 01:06PM

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