World Premiere Of Lil Nas X Concert Tour Film Delayed By Bomb Threat:
Lil Nas X Long Live Montero, a performance documentary that shows rapper and gay hero Lil Nas X’s first world tour, was supposed to have a world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Saturday night. However, a bomb threat meant that the event had to be moved.
In a statement, event officials said that just before 10 p.m., Toronto cops were all on the red carpet in front of Roy Thomson Hall. After a threat was made against the pop star, who’s black and gay and was going to the gala showing with the film’s producers, the police were called.
But TIFF got a boost from one of the biggest names in music on Saturday night. Old Town Road singer and pop-rock star Lil Nas X came to the world premiere of his new documentary, Long Live Montero, to celebrate.
But the TIFF gala showing was given the go-ahead after a check of the King Street location was done to make sure the safety of festival-goers, the rap artist, and his crew.
There Is A Lot More To Montero Than Just The Music:
“The Toronto Police Service told us earlier this evening that there was an investigation going on near the red carpet for the Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero showing.
During this time, we kept our usual security measures in place, and the showing started a little late. As far as we know, it was a general threat that wasn’t about the movie or the creator,” a TIFF festival spokeswoman said in a statement that The Hollywood Reporter got a hold of.
“Yeah, I’m excited, too!” the artist, who was born in Montero Hill, shouted from a mezzanine seat right before co-directors Carlos López Estrada as well as Zac Manuel established the film at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall.
The screening was delayed about 15 minutes because a bomb threat was issued, reportedly by a homophobic caller. Montero is a concert documentary, but it’s about a lot more than just the music.
It shows Hill dealing with the expectations and pressures that came with the seemingly instantaneous success of “Old Town Road” in late 2018, avoiding the trap of being a one-hit wonder, as well as shifting into more sexually explicit electronica-laced pop-rock, which quickly made him a black queer icon shortly after he came out in June 2019.
Hill’s Image May Have Changed As Fast As He Became A Popular Singer:
Even though Hill’s image changed as quickly as he became a huge pop star, the Georgia-born singer says that at first it was hard for him to act gay or feminine in his shows.
“I wanted to portray myself as an acceptable gay person,” Hill says during the documentary, saying that being on the Montero tour with an all-black, all-gay team of dancers helped him feel more at ease in his own skin.
Hill said that it was hard for him to tell his family that he was gay. He said that his father’s first thought was that “the devil was enticing him.” Now, Hill says, his father goes to gay parties with him.
Eventually, The Grammy-Winning Artist Took The Stage At Roy Thomson Hall:
The Grammy-winning artist finally took the stage at Roy Thomson Hall to launch the film. Directors Carlos López Estrada as well as Zac Manuel had followed Montero Hill, aka Lil Nas X, on his Long Live Montero tour for 60 days and filmed him talking about his career and how hard he worked to get where he is now in the pop world.
Montero, which also had the hits “Sun Goes Down,” “Industry Baby,” as well as “That’s What I Want,” reached No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was nominated for five Grammys, including Album of the Year.