Steven Spielberg and cast of 'The BFG' turn out for the film's LA premiere. Jane Witherspoon reports.
It's expected to be one of this years blockbusters. And a giant premiere in LA was befitting of the Steven Spielberg adaptation of the BFG following it's Cannes launch in May. The Roald Dahl story follows a young girl Sophie who comes across a giant played by Mark Rylance. He turns out to be the Big Friendly Giant who doesn't eat children. It was a welcome return to making family movies for the director who was behind the classics ET and the Indiana Jones franchise. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FILM DIRECTOR, STEVEN SPIELBERG, SAYING: "I haven't really swum in this wading pool in a long time, and it was really nice to be able to let my imagination roam free without being kind of fettered by the precepts of history and all the truths you need to tell when you do a historical subject. So all of us felt free and very happy to be returning to our childhoods to tell this story." A sentiment echoed by actress Rebecca Hall. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR, REBECCA HALL, SAYING: "Steven Spielberg can make these films that access all of our memories of childhood and our capacity to believe and imagine things because he is so close and has so much ability to access that side of himself, and he is able to speak to children and communicate with them and make films about children which really speak to us and bring out the child in all of us.'' The strong British cast weighed in on the upcoming referendum about whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR, MARK RYLANCE, SAYING: "Some of the arguments for exiting have just been wrong, have just been stirring up hatred and feelings of... I mean, what are we going to do? Close our doors and not take care of refugees and people who are fleeing often from countries where we are the ones dropping bombs or our industrial revolution has caused climate change?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR, PENELOPE WILTON, SAYING: "I think we should stay in Europe. I think we've had peace in Europe for 70 years. And I don't know why we suddenly want to start changing things.'' The BFG is released in July.