Beyonce Got A Standing Ovation At ‘The Lion King’ Premiere

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Seth Rogan, who plays the role of Pumbaa in the film, took to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday and spoke to the late-night host about the big premiere, which included appearances from the rest of the cast, including the pop superstar. Prior to the film, the director, Jon Favreau, invited each cast member to the stage at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and Bey’s appearance brought the venue to new heights, as per the actor. “Everyone was losing their mind…I’ve never seen this happen before,” he recalled. “BeyoncĂ© was called out and the audience stood up and went crazy. And I was like, ‘she’s getting a standing ovation for just existing.’ Her mere presence was a reason to stand and go crazy, and I totally got it. I was like, ‘yeah, like we should be celebrating. We made it. We’re all in a room with BeyoncĂ©.'”

Rogan went on to explain that he took the singer’s praise and tried to envision what it would be like if he was universally loved. “For a brief moment, I felt what it must feel like to get that adulation. All I was thinking was, ‘People do not like me that much. I don’t get one iota of this.’ I got a smattering at best. They saw her and people lost their God damn sh*t.”

Expect more from Bey by checking out the curated and produced accompanying album, The Lion King: The Gift, which is due on July 19, alongside the live-action film, which also stars Donald Glover, Chiwetel Eijiofor and James Earle Jones. On the night of the film’s L.A. premiere, the singer dropped a new song from the compilation called “Spirit.”


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