Last year, Jon Favreau had to pull out the shackles to drag newbie Harrison Ford to Comic-Con International to present a sneak peek at "Cowboys & Aliens," a little movie they were doing with Daniel Craig.
This summer, no hardware was apparent (Ford even dragged along a date, wife Calista Flockhart) as "Cowboys & Aliens" saw its world premiere Saturday in conjunction with the 2011 incarnation of the fan fest.
It was the first world premiere to be held in the event's 42 years — and there was a reason for that.
"That's where it all started, and I want to give back," Favreau told Hero Complex in June, referring to Comic-Con and the fans there. "They should have the opportunity to see it first."
Craig, Ford and Favreau were joined at the San Diego Civic Theatre by costars including Olivia Wilde, Ana de la Reguera, Sam Rockwell, Walton Goggins, Paul Dano, Abigail Spencer, Buck Taylor, Clancy Brown, Adam Beach and Noah Ringer, plus Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg and Brian Grazer, to name a few producer types.
Also spotted: Andy Serkis of "The Lord of the Rings" movies and Gillian Jacobs of "Community."
"These are the people we make movies for," Ford told Access Hollywood, "and coming here, to them, acknowledges their importance to us."
"Cowboys & Aliens" opens Friday. Click the pics for more photos from the premiere.
— Christie D'Zurilla
Photos: Daniel Craig, top, and Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, left, at the "Cowboys & Aliens" premiere at the San Diego Civic Theatre during Comic-Con 2011 on July 23. Credits: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images.