I was having a conversation with a friend recently about celebrities and famous people in general and which we think would be asses and which would be nice. Then we discussed our own experiences with meeting the famous. Being that I live in Southern California, my chances of running into the famous is more likely, but I have met some outside of Cali. However, not all my experiences have been positive so, I thought I’d share the good and the total douche bags.
Robin Williams: I actually met Robin Williams about 7 years ago. It was during the filming of One Hour Photo which was partially filmed at the building I worked in at that time. For anyone who has seen the movie, towards the end the ‘hotel’ he goes to was my office building. First, he really is as small and hairy as he appears. But, he was a really nice guy. He took his time to give autographs to everyone and to take pictures. He was definitely ‘on’ and cracking jokes. He was talking 1,000 words per minute, but he was a really easy going guy and everybody really liked him. He was also the only of the actors that was willing to take time out to meet us. I’m glad I met him. He’s the kind of guy I would want to chill with.
Mike Ditka: I’m a huge football fan and I travel on a yearly basis to catch a game. A little over a year ago I went to Chicago. While there we made sure to go to Mike Ditka’s restaurant to check out the memorabilia and with a smidgen of hope he might be around. When we got there the host told us he was in earlier and may not be back. We were bummed, but figured the odds he’d be there were low. But right after we placed our order, Mike Ditka walked in! He went to the bar upstairs. I immediately grabbed my friends camera, went upstairs and asked him if I could get a picture with him. He was really nice and said “absolutely”. The bartender offered to take the picture, but the camera’s flash wasn’t on. This was my friend’s camera so I wasn’t sure how it worked. I was there for a few minutes with the bartender trying to figure it out. All the while Ditka was standing there patiently waiting. The third time was the charm and we got the flash to work. I was surprised how nice and patient he was! I’m going back to Chicago this year and I can only hope I run into him again!
Mario Lopez: About 5 years ago me and my friends came across ‘Slater’ at a bar in Hollywood. I’ve always thought this guy was a total douche, but he confirmed it for us that night. First off, we weren’t at some high end bar. This wasn’t a club. It was just a casual hang out bar where any schmo over 21 could get in. After being there for a couple of hours we see Mario Lopez walk in with about 4 other people. Two of the guys appeared to be his bodyguards. They sat at a table that was about in the middle of the place. You can tell he thought he was the sh*t from the moment he walked in. The two bodyguard guys stood next to him at the table. Now, the funny thing is that nobody at the bar cared that he was there. He was not being swarmed or even acknowledged. There was ONE girl, who was drunk mind you, who asked for his autograph. Well, this douche completely ignored her. He acted as if he was the freaking Prez or something! Even with this girl asking for his autograph, no one else cared and a crowd was definitely not forming. Would it have killed him to even say hi to this girl?! After that a few people, me and my friends included, started chanting “Slater” at him. Needless to say, he left shortly after. I still just want to punch him in his face!
Greg Townsend: I know many of you won’t know this name. This guy is an ex-football player (I told you I’m a fan). He played for the Raiders. Last year during football season we were at a sports bar watching the game. Well, this guy showed up. Now, I’m not a Raiders fan at all, but a few of my friends are. So, I thought I’d get a picture with him to show my friends. I went over to him and asked him if I could get a picture with him. He said no, but that I could buy an autographed one for $10! Are you kidding me??? This guy isn’t even a well known player and he was at a rinky dink sports bar and he won’t even take a pic, but try to sell one? NFL Pension not coming through, buddy??? I thought that was pretty lame of him. So, I went back to my table and pretended to be texting, but actually filmed the guy. Then showed my friends he was there and told them what a tool he was!
So, there’s a few experiences I’ve had. I’ve also had mini run ins with some celebs during the time I worked at Disneyland. I sold Nicolas Cage his Splash Mountain photo and I had Gary Busey ask me where to buy a fanny pack. Plus, I’ve seen some folks from a distance. So, if any of you have had any chance to meet anyone famous, I’d like to hear it whether it’s good or bad.