Over the years I’ve crossed paths with celebrities here and there. Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some interesting celebrities at various conventions.
Sean Astin was my first real surprise. Despite his level of fame, he spent a solid 20 minutes talking to my kids about the Lord of the Rings. He even bowed and kissed my youngest daughter’s hand, and insisted that his friends bow as well. For the record, we like Sean Astin… and so should you.
Then there was the best day of my life… I mean, ok, after my wedding, the birth of my children… yadda yadda yadda (wink wink). I MET DIRK BENEDICT. The Face-Man… Starbuck!
Let’s go back in time 15 minutes…
First, my husband, a.k.a. “Not-Tom-Brady” (See prior post) comes rushing over and tells me that he met Dirk Benedict, and that Dirk was “so cool”. I was furious that he’d had this random encounter as I stood in line waiting for my formal encounter… grrrrr… damn you Not-Tom-Brady!
FINALLY it was my turn. An official looking guy with an ear piece opens the curtain and lets me into a secluded area containing Richard Hatch (R.I.P.) and Face-Man himself, Dirk Benedict. They are welcoming and awesome. JUST as I’m about to get my picture taken, the curtain opens and in blasts Not-Tom-Brady. Smiling and laughing. I shoo him away with my hand and say “Get out of here you maniac it’s my turn!”
Dirk turns, looks me right in the eye and says “It’s ok! I know him!”… Calls him by his name and waves him in. YOU KNOW HIM?! I said “So do I, that moment-stealer is my husband!” Queue cast of Battlestar Gallactica, and my husband, laughing and hugging. Then I asked the assistant to escort Not-Tom-Brady out. I love it when a plan comes together. (See what I did there?)
I was last in line for the Dirk photo op, and he ended up hanging out with my family for almost an hour. It was so long that his assistant kept telling him to stop talking and get back to his signature-selling post. He refused, and kept talking to us! I ended up reading both of his books after we met. So, we like Dirk Benedict… and so should you.
DJ Qualls was a nice 2-for-1 since he is in Supernatural (teen daughter swoooon) and also in The Man in the High Castle, which started as a cool sci-fi show and is now sadly looking like a possible future America… but I digress. He was VERY tall and amazingly sweet. We like DJ Qualls… and so should you.
Oh… Josh McDermitt (aka Eugene on The Walking Dead). At first he seemed bored with the constant stream of fans so I wasn’t expecting much other than a quick handshake. Then he sprung into energy-mode and took (quite literally) 20+ selfies of the two of us, then proceeded to tell me about the details of his day. Was he high on something? Probably. Did I care? NOPE. We like Josh McDermitt… and so should you.
Then there was the SOA script-flip.
David Labrava…. YASSSSSSSSSSSSS “Happy” From Sons of Anarchy. This was one of the few times I PAID to get a ticket to meet someone. As I approached him I realized he was smiling for a camera, not at the fans. He was creating mini-scenes for his assistant to post online that were meant to appear organic, but were completely planned. All in all, I wouldn’t say he was rude or mean… but he was NO “Eugene”. He was enjoying the self-promotion, and I believe if there were a mirror he would have been staring at himself in it the entire time. Then again, can you blame him? We feel meh about David Labrava…. And so should you.
Then… I look over and see Kim Coates (aka “Tig” from Sons of Anarchy). For those of you that watched the show, “Tig” was evil and disgusting enough to scare even the biggest of freaks. He was downright disturbing in a way that would even upset a sociopath. You often find yourself unable to sleep thinking about the horrible crimes against nature this character had committed. Happy was a disappointment, so TIG was sure to be a complete downer… but hey… I was already there, so why not?
I approach Kim and he turns and gives me a GIANT smile. He was legit one of the friendliest people, celebrity or not, that I had ever met. He told me about his life, and asked me questions about my life. He took a bunch of selfies of us and just had an awesome time. I asked him if he was trying to offset the “Tig” perception by being overly nice and he said no, this is just who he is. He also smelled really good, for the record. We like Kim Coates… and so should you.
Some other interesting, and fairly less notable, interactions were had with Ian Zeiring & Tara Reid (Sharknado!), Elvira (the queen of darkness?) and The Greatest American Hero guy…. William Kat. OMG guys I LOVED watching that show it was so great.
The last one I want to share with you isn’t based on level of celebrity, but rather an unexpected fond memory connection… Lewis Smith, who played Bobby Fantana in this obscure 1980’s move called “The Heavenly Kid”. I’ve always liked movies that depict heaven and hell, as well as the afterlife. I was sooooooooo into this movie when I was in high school. There is this scene at the end where he is riding up an escalator “to heaven”.
I told Lewis that the escalator scene was my favorite, and that I would rewind it (yes, REWIND it) over and over. His jaw dropped. He said that the scene wasn’t written into the original script, and that it was HIS idea on the last day of shooting. He said no friend or fan had ever called out that scene in conversation with him and he was visibly moved by my statement. It was really cool to share this memory that was randomly so important to the both of us…. despite the fact that he now looks like a high school basketball coach. I refrained from telling him the story of gold coming from aliens, but it wasn’t easy. We like Lewis Smith… and so should you.
Stay tuned for future tales of The Random Fan Experiences of Marie Christine.