NEW YORK — Country stars came out in droves Sunday night (Nov. 13) for the premiere of Walk the Line, the new movie based on the lives of Johnny and June Carter Cash. Others walking the red carpet line here at the Beacon Theater included Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, who portray the couple in the film.
Also attending the premiere was John Carter Cash, the couple’s son, who has a small role in the film as Bob Neal, a Memphis disc jockey who managed both Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley early in their careers. Shooter Jennings, who portrays his father, the late Waylon Jennings, in the film, attended the premiere, as did Shelby Lynne (who plays the role of Cash’s mother, Carrie) and singer-songwriter Waylon Payne (who portrays Jerry Lee Lewis).
Representing Nashville — and elsewhere — on Sunday night’s red carpet were Shania Twain, Sara Evans, Lee Ann Womack, Jamie O’Neal, Dierks Bentley, Billy Currington, Trace Adkins, LeAnn Rimes, Jon Randall, Jessi Alexander, Holly Williams, Rockie Lynne and new Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Glen Campbell. Others in attendance included Brooks & Dunn’s Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, Lonestar’s Richie McDonald and Keech Rainwater, Van Zant’s Johnny and Donnie Van Zant and talk show host Larry King and his wife, country singer Shawn King.
Walk the Line was first screened in September during the Toronto International Film Festival. It will be released nationally this Friday (Nov. 18).