Fans anxiously waited in the rain to catch a glimpse of Halle Berry's arrival at Cinemark Valley View March 22. The Academy Award-winning actress returned to her hometown for the Cleveland premiere of her new film, ""Perfect Stanger" starring Bruce Willis and Giovanni Ribisi, who also traveled here to great fans.
Ribisi remarked he had been to town only once before, though he was just driving through. Despite the gloomy weather on his most recent trip, he was still impressed. "It's beautiful," he said. "It's kind of nostalgic here."
Cleveland Browns players such as Braylon Edwards and Darnell Dinkins strolled down the red carpet, stopping for interviews and photos along the way. Cleveland Cavaliers players LeBron James and Drew Gooden were expected to appear but never arrived. Mayor Frank Jackson, who opted not to walk the red carpet, even came out to see the film.
Berry, who flew in from Chicago, was almost a no-show herself. Rush-hour traffic initially pushed back her arrival time, but once her black SUV pulled up to the theater, fans started screaming, cameras started flashing and security went into action.
Wearing a gold lamee trench coat and a Dolce & Gabbana dress, Berry took time to speak to each reporter, pose for photos and even give some encouraging words to fans. "This is awesome. I love coming home," she said. "Everyone is so welcoming, how could I not?"