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Old 05-07-08, 08:02 AM
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Ok so which actors have you met and what were your impressions.

I have met a few actors in my life and some have been very polite and pleasent (Bruce Willis especially) whilst others have just been plain horrible. So who have you met and what impression did they leave with you?
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I've never actually met any. I did see Leelee Sobieski shopping at the store I work at though. I'd have gone up to her but figured she wouldn't want to be bothered while grocery shopping.
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I've never met the guy, but I've ran into Dennis Quaid 3 times and he was always shitfaced. Saw Meg Ryan with him once....she was really pretty :drools:
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I got a tiny speaking part in the movie Company Business and not only worked with director Nicholas Meyer on my scene (great guy, very patient and professional), but I ran into Gene Hackman on my way to craft services and had a short chat with him. Awesome fella, very grounded.

I do cons, and tend to get involved with the staffing side pretty often, getting access to the guests as a benny.

Star Wars:
Carrie Fisher - Pretty nice but not gushy. Very comfortable around us.
Peter Mayhew - Way cool. Fun drinking buddy.
Kenny Baker - Pleasant and quiet. A true gentleman.
Mary Oyaya - A total sweetheart.
Richard LeParmentier - Distant at first, but a regular guy once you're "in". Bit of a lush.
Anthony Daniels - I'd always heard he was a putz, but once I finally had a chat with him, I found he was all right.
Jeremy Bulloch - A regular fella.
Warwick Davis - Kind and friendly.

Star Trek:
George Takei - Warm and wonderful guy.
Grace Lee Whitney - Sweet and open, pleasant to chat with.
LeVar Burton - He really is just like his screen persona, just a bit more R-rated.

Assorted others:
Leni Parker - Somewhat guarded at first, then friendly and flirtatious after a while (I admit, I was flirty first). Screen and photos don't do her justice, as she is striking in person.
Sam Jones - Bit of a jerk, especially in comparison to...
Melody Anderson - Total sweetie, total hottie.
Jenette Goldstein - Regular person, nice to talk with, takes her acting seriously.

These are all persons I've had the opportunity to actually have a conversation with. Being a con-goer, I see and meet many more, but "Hello, love your work, would you please sign this?" doesn't really count to me. I also chat up a lot of artists and authors, but that's beyond the scope of this thread.

My wife has met a few. She really liked (developed a crush for) John de Lancie, but found Michael Dorn to be an asshat.

My ex-wife worked on the film The Innocent and during a break leaned on the piano while Anthony Hopkins played and sang for the extras. She said he was gracious and funny, and made the whole shoot a pleasure.

So, all in all, I automatically assume an actor is going to be cool when I first meet them.

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Old 05-07-08, 08:51 AM
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I met Mel Brooks in Vegas last New Years. I reached out my hand, he shook it, and I said "Mr. Brooks I'm a huge fan. I think the top 3 directors of all time are Spielberg, Hitchcock, and Mel Brooks."
He said "Spielberg, Hitchcock, Mel Brooks? Why didn't you put me first?" and flashed a big smile. Absolutely made my year.
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I've never actually met any. I did see Leelee Sobieski shopping at the store I work at though. I'd have gone up to her but figured she wouldn't want to be bothered while grocery shopping.
Are you sure it wasn't Helen Hunt?
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I've met British actor Peter Mullan twice and he's the cat's meow (aka, cool) he was ultra nice.

met Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. Nick was funny and very approachable. Simon though seemed to have a bug up his butt, very stand offish.

Brendan Gleeson - what a hand shake.

I wimped out and missed Jeanne Moreau - I could have and should have met her formally, she and the director of the AFI Silver Theatre were talking outside the main auditorium one afternoon and I was going into the theatre.

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Met George Clooney while working on the set of The Peacemaker. Terrific guy, very open and friendly.

William Hurt - He was filming a movie near my neighborhood. He was approachable and personable.

Brendan Frasier - While working on the set of The Scout. Standoffish and, to me, very effeminate.

When I worked on Private Parts, met most of the Stern crew.
Stuttering John - Friendly.
Fred Norris - Cool, and danced when we called him Eric.
Robin - Smiled, but made sure to stay away from everyone.
Jackie - Total douche.
Howard - Seemed like he was terrified.
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My uncle was the arresting officer in the 1970s of Bob Denver for possession of marijuana. Someone in my family still has Gilligan's bowl...

One doesn't often meet actors and actresses in the state of Georgia... so I don't have many... but I have met a ton of athletes... Almost all of the 2008 Atlanta Braves (basically every non-pitcher)... about 1/3 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit (gordon, richard petty, the labontes, martin, etc)... A majority of the 2008 Pittsburgh Pirates (matt capps, doug mientkewicz of your 2004 boston red sox!, jason bay, etc)... Wade Boggs, Art Howe, any relevant UGA football and basketball player over the past few years... The 2008 Cinderella Atlanta Hawks (post Bibby trade... only really got to talk to Mario West and Bibby)... I used to run Shane Battier's official website (shanebattier.com) so I've met him...

I can't think of many non athletes... Ben Harper was pretty cool to talk to... Travis Tritt lives down the street from where I work so I'd imagine that's inevitable... I met George W. Bush back in 1999... he was in that Michael Moore movie.
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Old 05-07-08, 09:31 AM
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well, I met Chuck Norris was I was fairly young, he was at a local movie theater promoting the "classic" Sidekicks because he was friends with the owner of the karate school that I went to. he was signing autographs, and of course you'd expect him to be nice to a bunch of kids in that setting.

I met Hal Sparks at a bar district that's close to Cincinnati. This happened a few years ago. Me and some friends were out drinking, when I see this guy there, and I kept thinking "man, that guy sure looks like Hal Sparks." So a little later, and kinda tipsy, I walk up to the guy and say "Hey, has anyone ever told you that look like Hal Sparks?" And he answers "Yeah," and his voice sounded just like Hal's, so then in a surprised voice I asked "Are you Hal Sparks?" and he answered "Yeah." I didn't really talk to him too much, as I really didn't want to both him (not that he's even close to an A-list star or anything, but still), and I was a little drunk and afraid of embarrassing myself, just "wow, nice to meet you," that sort of thing. He seemed nice. Much shorter than me.
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A few:

I went to a picninc at Paul Newman's and JoAnne Woodward's house one summer. I was very young so it is the perspective of a child but they were really nice and very normal. JoAnne made lemonade and enjoyed playing with the kids.

Met Steven Spielberg at the Stage Door deli just before Jaws came out. He is very intellectual. Believe it or not, despite "Jaws" being the name of the book there was internal pressure from the studio to change the name to something like "Shark Attack" which Spielberg was resisting. Sounded like they were not 100% on board with him as director because he was so young. Of course, Jaws changed all that.

I was an extra in "Ironwood", a movie I have never actually seen amazingly despite being in it. (Well, OK, apparently just my foot) Did not meet Meryl Streep much, but talked to Nicholson a bit and later we went to the hockey game at my university in Troy, N.Y. where the film was being filmed. He is so much like his public persona, and he was really friendly and approachable. Very normal.

I dated a girl in Hollywood for a while who had an "escort" as a roomate. Any yes, the Spitzer kind. I met the roommate several times. She was very pretty but kinda snotty and conceited, but photographed much prettier than she actually was. She later went on to be one of the top A list actresses and is pretty much a household name.
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I haven't had too many celebrity encounters. One was "Weird Al" Yankovic. I got to talk to him for a few seconds after a show one time.

He was a total prick. Granted, the man did JUST put on a show.. but still. He couldn't have been any more rude if he tried.

Others (that I don't remember too much; given I was relatively young):

Barry Williams (Greg Brady)
The Hanson Bros (from Slap Shot)

And I've seen from a distance at the San Diego Comic Con..

Charles Marinet (voice of Mario)
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Seth Green
Matt Groening
Dan Castellenata
Harry Shearer
Creators of The Venture Bros.
Both "Tom" and "The Mayor" from Tom Goes to the Mayor

I accidentily bumped into "The Mayor" after the panel. There was this long corridor and I was on my phone not watching where I was going and totally plowed right in to the guy. He was nice about it though.
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Originally Posted by Brack
well, I met Chuck Norris was I was fairly young, he was at a local movie theater promoting the "classic" Sidekicks because he was friends with the owner of the karate school that I went to. he was signing autographs, and of course you'd expect him to be nice to a bunch of kids in that setting.
I would have expected everyone got a roundhouse kick.

Some of the celebrities I've met or sighted:

Denzel Washington, after a performance during the limited run he did as Brutus in Julius Caesar. Signed my mom and I'd playbills and my copies of Training Day and The Manchurian Candidate on DVD, seemed extremely stuck-up. My stepsister's husband worked on Inside Man and American Gangster (and currently on the Taking of Pelham One Two Three remake) and commented that he was pretty arrogant.

Bruce Springsteen, saw him at the movie theater at Monmouth Mall. I think he was seeing Kill Bill: Vol. 1.

Queen Latifah at the Whole Foods Market in Middletown, NJ on 35 North. Very friendly woman.

Liev Schreiber when he did Glengarry Glen Ross back in '05. Signed the same Manchurian Candidate DVD and couldn't believe that Washington's sig was already on it. Also a very nice guy.

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick after The Producers back in April '01. Lane was stuck-up, Broderick seemed very down to earth. He was shocked when I said I loved him in Glory.

My stepsister's husband has met a shitload of people from the sets he worked on. He said Ridley Scott and Martin Scorsese were the hardest-working directors and that the latter has some hilarious tendencies...when he did The Departed he saw him being led by an assistant to the set, and when the assistant made a wrong turn Scorsese walked into a wall, and that Jonathan Demme was the best to work with (did Manchurian Candidate and his new movie, Dancing with Shiva I think it's called). Also did I Am Legend, The Bourne Ultimatum, a few Sopranos episodes, Anger Management (one of his first jobs...he said Jack Nicholson was virtually directing that one), and a ton of others I can't remember. His old Escalade (or Blazer, can't remember) actually appears in a featurette on the Garden State DVD.

My sister-in-law conversed with Bill Murray at Monmouth Park Race Track after bumping into him. He said something really funny to her, can't remember what.

Also met a bunch of people at conventions (Horrorfind Weekend in Maryland), went in 2003 and 2004:

Jeffrey Combs (nice guy, but was irked that he signed my friend's 8x10 and not my DVD with "Cat's dead details later")

Dee Wallace Stone (friendly woman)

Gunnar Hansen (the opposite of Leatherface)

The entire Dawn of the Dead '78 cast (all pretty nice people, walked past Ken Foree going to the bathroom as well)

Tom Savini (a bit stuck up but gracious)

I walked right past Adrienne Barbeau at the convention as well...looks amazing for her age. IIRC she lives nearby in Monmouth County, she's married to Billy Van Zandt, brother of Steven from the E-Street Band.

And who HASN'T met Kevin Smith being from this area?
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Met some people at movie screenings with Q&A's, so I guess that counts.

Emile Hirsch - A down to earth guy, not too flashy
Ben Foster - Artistic, lots of squirming around, over analyzed everything
Peter Fonda - BMF, everything about him was just cool
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When I was in school I worked at an Off-Broadway theatre...celebrities were there almost every day, which was pretty awesome. These I guess stuck out more than others:

Alan Rickman- Completely intimidating...he came to my bar and ordered about twelve drinks for his "posse" (including a "fizzy water" for himself). I was so nervous I could barely pour. He didn't tip well either, but he looked so COOL and much older in person...silver hair, big red scarf.

Ian Somerhalder- Total asshole, had definitely been doing drugs in the bathroom. Couldn't even open the door to the theatre himself.

Alan Tudyk- One of my favorite actors, and lucky for me he was completely charming and friendly. Had a gorgeous blonde with him...I was jealous (of her).

Hugh Jackman- Gave both me and my friend big hugs. So wonderful.

Jorge Garcia- Came to see Evil Dead: The Musical by himself, which I thought was strange...but hung out at the bar for a few minutes, was really sweet, seemed to be having a great time. And let me tell you, as big as he looks on TV...the guy is GIANT. Much taller than I expected.

Bruce Campbell- Speaking of Evil Dead...he came to one of the performances and was just as arrogant (and badass) as you would expect. Threw cups of stage blood all over the audience.

Reiko Aylesworth- Came to see James Badge Dale in this terrible play (his performance wasn't so hot either). She looked sort of like those "lollipop celebrities"...big head, little body. Very quiet, but was kind enough to take pictures with the two people that recognized her from 24.

Matt Damon- I technically didn't meet him, but I sat in the third row of his Inside the Actor's Studio taping, and he was everything I'd hoped he would be (he's my number one favorite actor). He brought his entire family along and just seemed SO grounded. He was much funnier than I expected too--they cut almost all of his great stories out of the broadcast, including a dead on Jack Nicholson impression. The taping took about four hours, but I could have listened to him all day.

Living in New York you see people often...but none have stopped me in my tracks the way Ryan Gosling did the other day. Gosh that boy is pretty.

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Originally Posted by johnnysd
I dated a girl in Hollywood for a while who had an "escort" as a roomate. Any yes, the Spitzer kind. I met the roommate several times. She was very pretty but kinda snotty and conceited, but photographed much prettier than she actually was. She later went on to be one of the top A list actresses and is pretty much a household name.
Ooooh you have to tell us who it is!!
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Alan Rickman- Completely intimidating...he came to my bar and ordered about twelve drinks for his "posse" (including a "fizzy water" for himself). I was so nervous I could barely pour. He didn't tip well either, but he looked so COOL and much older in person...completely silver hair, big red scarf.
at the way that he referred to his friends. Was Al Leong in his "posse"? (The dude who tortures Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon, was also one of the terrorists in Die Hard and Genghis Khan in Bill and Ted)
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Bruce Campbell was just as friendly and awesome as he is in his movies. It was during a book signing at UNC, and after a long wait, my GF of the time had to go back to her dorm because of a bad headache.

So I get up there with 2 books, one with her name on it, and he made a comment about a female name, and I explained it was my gf's who left with a headache, and he replies "Don't you hate it when they have 'headaches'?"

As he is signing mine, he noticed the copy I had was already signed, with a name plate (I didn't even know, just randomly bought it at some book store) So he signed it again, with "Shop smart, shop S-Mart!" Awesome.

On the flip side, I met Paul Johansson, from One Tree Hill, one night. Being in Wilmington theres always people filming here. But anyway I was with 2 girls one night downtown, and they caught Johansson's eye, and he invited us to party with him at some exclusive club he was going into. Total asshole though. He spent the entire night trying to get up the girls shirts, get them drunk, mention hes from Hollywood, and we do things differently here. And kept asking if I was banging either of the girls. Later the girls apologized to me for being starstruck and sticking me there. I did drink his expensive wine though
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I met and spoke with Steven Spielberg. Very cool guy and very pleasant.
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Liev Schreiber when he did Glengarry Glen Ross back in '05. Signed the same Manchurian Candidate DVD and couldn't believe that Washington's sig was already on it. Also a very nice guy.

oh der... I met him personally at the Virginia Film Festival in '06 where they did a screening/post film Q&A of 'Everything's Illuminated' - you're right he's very nice. He was also very relieved when I asked him my question, which was prefaced 'Can I ask you a non-film question' his instant retort was 'oh definately' I asked him what his next Broadway play was - he invited me to it: 'Talk Radio' (which I did go up to see).
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Chiwetel Ejiofor stayed in my hostel in Paris while I was there. 4 people to a room - he was there with his buddy and I was doing the college eurail/hostel trip with my friend. It was right before he made it big and he was over there checking out mime schools. He told us he had a movie coming out in the states and to look out for it (Amistad). He and his friend joined us for dinner one night, too. He was very cool, very friendly and since then I have enjoyed just about every movie he has been in.

Summer Phoenix (River's sister) came to a summer camp I was a counselor at. She's done a couple of movies but nothing lately as she now has two kids with Casey Affleck. Anyway, we became pretty good friends and I fell head over heels madly in love with her. I think she liked me but not nearly as much as I liked her. We kept in touch for awhile but haven't spoken to her in many years.

And I met Robin Williams when I was a kid at one of those discount electronics stores in NYC. He seemed nice enough but a bit "out of it" and signed my Hard Rock Cafe bag.
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Having gone to a few cons over the years like most people, I've met a handful.

James Marsters - Cool guy, looks much younger than he actually is. We spoke for a bit and he asked, regarding my nametag: "Is that really your name?" (I have an unusual first name.) When I said yes, he said, "Fuckin' A man! Cool name." After I got my autograph, I asked him for an autograph for my mother because he was the sole reason she watched Buffy The Vampire Slayer with me years ago. He obliged and kissed the photo and said to make sure she knew that he had kissed it for her.

Adrian Paul - Didn't really get to talk to him, but despite being very obviously jet lagged, he was very humble and sweet when I thanked him for making a Highlander movie sequel that didn't suck (Highlander IV).

Amanda Tapping (from Stargate SG-1) - Saw her at the same con as Adrian. My friend walked up to her thinking she was on the convention staff. She smiles and says, "Hi, would you like an autograph?" My idiot buddy just says, "Uh, no, I just wanted to know when Adrian Paul would get here." She looked a little hurt and said he'd probably be around soon. I said to my friend, "Dude, you just dissed the chick from Stargate." In retrospect, I should've gone to talk to her, but I wasn't a Stargate fan at the time (I'm a huge fan now though). Beautiful woman and she seemed really sweet, but I can't forget that little hint of disappointment in her face when she offered my buddy her autograph and was refused.

John Rhys-Davies - Class act all the way. There was a long line for autographs and the convention staff was trying to cut the line short and ordering us not to speak to him and to move quickly. Upon hearing this, John stood up and bellowed, "Don't listen to them! I will get to each and every one of you, I promise!" We shook hands and chatted a bit about Indiana Jones and Sliders and his voice work on Gargoyles. Incredibly nice guy, and taller and thinner than I expected. He flirted with all the girls and talked fanboy stuff with all the guys. Definitely my favorite celebrity meeting.

Chris Sabat and John Burgmeier - Two anime voice actors from Dragonball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, and a bunch of other series. John was a little quiet and seemed distracted, but Chris was a riot. Great guy, the kind you'd want to hang out with at a bar. They ended up coming to a con event with me and my friends later in the day.
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Matt Damon- I technically didn't meet him, but I sat in the third row of his Inside the Actor's Studio taping, and he was everything I'd hoped he would be (he's my number one favorite actor). He brought his entire family along and just seemed SO grounded. He was much funnier than I expected too--they cut almost all of his great stories out of the broadcast, including a dead on Jack Nicholson impression. The taping took about four hours, but I could have listened to him all day.
incidently one of my favourite episodes.

Similarily, I went to see Neil LaBute's 'The Shape of Things' on Broadway for my birthday and Paul Rudd in the one scene where he's in the audience - he was one seat away from me ... way cool.
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I don't think I've ever met any actors.

A friend of mine met Bruce Willis and said he was very friendly.
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Had a conversation with Crispin Hellion Glover after seeing his movie ten or so years ago (I think it's finally being released). The cast in the film consisted of him and people with Downs Syndrome. I remember swastikas and salt being poured on snails. I will have to buy it when I see it on DVD. We had a nice conversation and he was just as cool and crazy as you'd expect. I'd definately see him again. By the way, I love his CD too.
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