Saturday, November 15, 2008

Little Known Facts: The Celebrity Edition

Probably little known to you (yes, you ... reading this at this very moment), Rupe's life's been a mass of mess of celebrities and actors and names. I've had the good fortun (if you want to call it that) to have known / bumped into / met / gotten a photo with or autograph of a bevy of personalities.

Here are fivesuch that will .... well .... who may do something for you:

#1: Seventh Inning Traffic Jam: I was attempting to extract myself from some function years ago at a ritzy hotel. I was caught in a logjam of traffic, nowhere to escape. An obviously angry motorist behind me had an important engagement and let me know in no uncertain terms he needed to be there ... and now. Honking excessively wasn't enough for the man, so he went as far as to get out of his car, cursing every step of the way, and march up to my window to give me a piece of his mind. Before reaching me, the traffic cleared and I sped off. I looked in my rearview mirror to see I was getting a final cussing out and the finger from none other than ...

....... Tommy Lasorda, Manager of The Los Angeles Dodgers .....

#2: Killed On Main Street, News At Eleven: While distributing flyers in the early morning hours before the day's Sundance Film Festival crowds descended on Main Street, a maroon Hummer skidded toward me in the snow, unable to stop. I leapt from the street onto the sidewalk, narrowly getting sideswiped. Whoever was driving was driving too fast in the wintery conditions and I recovered to approach the now stopped vehicle and give him a piece of my mind. The passanger door opened and a hulking figure emerged, came over to me and asked if I was all right. It was none other than The Last King Of Scotland, Forrest Whitaker ... and let me tell you, he's a big dude .....

#3: Help Me Ruprecht ... You're My Only Hope: I was in line. And she just kept staring at me. And staring. And staring. And staring. For almost forty-five minutes. It was eerily exciting and disturbing, all at once. I'll admit, I pictured her without her glasses, hair pulled back and in her slave outfit ala Return Of The Jedi.

Yes ... I was ogled uncomfortably by Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher.

#4: Yeah, That's The Ticket: I was leaving a Dodger game and there, in the exiting crowd, was Jon Lovitz. I went up to him. "Mr. Lovitz! I just realized - you don't have a picture of me!" We hugged while getting several goofy mugshots. Good times.

#5: Cowabunga: I waited for over an hour in a holding room at her private residence. Staff buzzed about and asked if I needed anything. No, thank you, I was fine. "Sorry she's late, but it's a bit frantic around here; we're throwing a surprise birthday luncheon for her. Her assistant will be out when she can to help you. Thanks!" That hour afforded me the opportunity and rare treat to peruse the many plaques, awards, framed salutations and more of Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson.

.................. Ruprecht ( STOP )

(This blog was the result of a game of tag from others .....)