Monday, October 6, 2014

Celebrity sightings

Mary Sullivan

Sometimes I feel bad for celebrities.

We've all heard how difficult it can be to live in the spotlight, to have your privacy invaded regularly. I would find it hard to be under a microscope every day, with everything I said and did made public. We've all seen the train wrecks of young movie stars going off the rails. The media delights in exposing their mistakes and public meltdowns.

I understand that movie stars put themselves into the position by seeking fame, or perhaps for some it just comes about as a side effect of being driven to choose acting as a career.

I've never been one to chase celebrities. I have a friend who isn't a celebrity chaser, either, but does love to attend TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival, every year in hopes of seeing a few of the actors she admires. In this situation, they are putting themselves out there willingly to promote their movies.

She lined up for the showing of The Imitation Game hoping to catch a glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch. We both think he is an amazing actor. She got a spot in the front of the crowd, but pretty far down the line from the central action—where he would exit the limo and then head into the theatre. I can't wait to see the movie. It sounds excellent. In the interviews conducted during TIFF, the cast and directors were blatantly sincere in how important they thought it was for everyone to know Alan Turing's story.

Anyway, Benedict arrived and the crowd went wild. He was gracious and obliging, signing autographs and talking to people. Then he started to walk down the line toward my friend, and came closer, and closer. The young women around her were screaming his name. She stood smiling quietly and holding a magazine article about him in an envelope.

He smiled and waved to everyone as he walked the line. He passed by my friend and she was so happy that he had come so close to her. Then…he halted, backed up a few steps, stopped a few inches in front of her and said, "Hello." To her.

More on the ball and less tongue-tied than I would have been, she told him how much she truly admires his acting and asked whether he would give her an autograph. He thanked her for the compliment and took the envelope from her, signing slowly and carefully so his signature is legible. When she said, "I'm going to see the Imitation Game the second it comes out in the theatres," he looked her in the eye and said, "Please do," quite earnestly. He smiled, handed her the autograph and moved on.

She was ecstatic and phoned the second she got home to gush about him.

Up close, he is very beautiful, with gorgeous eyes and lovely skin. Or so I've been told. I'll never be in a situation that will bring me that close to Benedict Cumberbatch :-)

Have you had any celebrity experiences? Or is there one famous person with whom you would love to sit down and have a long chat?

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Anonymous said...


I grew up in Santa Barbara, CA which is a celebrity town. When I was a kid I met many celebrities and even got their autographs ( cute for a kid to do) I met Bette David, Tab Hunter, Jonathan Winters, Mike Farrell from MASH. Jimmie JJ Walker from Good Times and Jane Russell. I even went to high school with Anthony Edwards from E.R and Swimsuit model Kathy Ireland. As an adult. I treated celebrities like they were regualr people. I had ice cream in the same place as John Travolta and never even spoke to him.

Now that I am in North Carolina, I was an extra in Eddie the movie with Whoopi Goldberg that was made here. But, i don;t see any famous people in town most days,

mary sullivan said...

Tammy, you've led an interesting life around celebrities!!! I imagine that celebs would have no trouble giving autographs to a cute kid!

Laney4 said...

I have seen stars in malls, in cars driving by, and could have touched a few too, but I always choose to stay back. A simple hello in an elevator is the most contact for me. They deserve their freedom as much as possible, what with all the paparazzi, press, etc. They are "just people too". I wouldn't want to be in their shoes, as money isn't everything (although having just enough to be comfortable would be nice!).
Now if George Clooney gazed longingly in my eyes and whispered sweet nothings, I'd probably melt on the spot, but I haven't been affected by stars otherwise, LOL.

mary sullivan said...

Laney, I like your attitude toward celebrities. A little respect for others goes a long way, doesn't it? Oooh, George Clooney…nuff said! lol

Colleen C. said...

Nope I have not had a celebrity sighting, but my parents and sisters were at the mall where we used to live once years ago and saw Rosie O'Donnell. I think I would be tongue tied if I was face to face with a star...

mary sullivan said...

Colleen, me, too. I don't think I would know what to say!

joye said...

Celebrities from Hollywood do not interest me.
I would like to sit down and talk to someone who made a difference-an effective teacher, a firefighter, a soldier or a Grandmother. In my eyes, these are the people we should celebrate.

mary sullivan said...

Joye, I am so with you on that. There are people in our own lives who have inspired us and deserve our respect and honour. Society in general tends to take the celebrity culture too far.

bn100 said...

met Peter Gallagher; he was nice

Mary Preston said...

I love Benedict Cumberbatch.

One time when Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip & Prince Charles visited I got up close & personal. The Royals did a walkabout, as they do, I got to shake Prince Charles & Prince Phillip's hands.

At the age of 8 I was more impressed with the ice-cream we bought to eat on the trip home.

Jen said...

I have never seen a celebrity close up. I'd like to think I would play it cool and not stumble over my words, but I know the reality is that I would probably stand and stare with my mouth open and gaping like a fish!! LOL

Emily B. said...

I have never met anyone famous but I would love to met Jennifer Aniston, but I would probably act like an idiot in front of her.

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