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Old January 3 2011, 10:39 PM   #1
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Random celebrity encounters?

I don't mean autograph or "meet-and-greet" sessions. Have any of you randomly encountered/chatted with a celebrity?

I work at CiCi's, as a cashier, here in Owasso (Tulsa area). One night we did a fundraiser for the high school soccer team. Through the course of conversations with my co-workers, I found out that one of the girls on the team is the daughter of Garth Brooks. Sure enough, about an hour later, in walks good ol' Garth.

Now... I'm usually pretty good at talking to people at work. In fact, I consider myself one of the best at our establishment; it comes very natural to me. That all changes when I'm ringing up Garth Brooks for a buffet. I was kind of dumbfounded, and basically stuck to the CiCi's "cashier script" because I could think of nothing better to say.

He left, but then returned later that night with his family. I fared better that time around, thanked him for coming, and wished him a good night as he left.

That's my biggest encounter... In fact, I think it's my only one. My mom and her friends (country music fans) were pretty jealous. I wouldn't say I'm a country music fan, really, but "The Thunder Rolls" is among my all-time favorite songs.
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Old January 3 2011, 11:53 PM   #2
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Re: Random celebrity encounters?

Had a funny experience selling Don Rickles a bag of peanuts once. I rang him up, took his money, gave him his change, and said, "Here are your peanuts, sir" while holding them at arm's length and preemptively flinching. I was waiting for, "About time, you stupid fuck" or something worthy from the legendary insult comic.

Instead, he politely thanked me and left the store.

There are a few others, but that's one that comes to mind.
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Old January 4 2011, 12:02 AM   #3
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Re: Random celebrity encounters?

My sis and I ran into Muhammed Ali at the Ritz once when we were children. He smiled and patted me on the head. I glared at him.
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Old January 4 2011, 12:16 AM   #4
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In early 1990, I was visiting a friend at the Paramount lot. We were standing outside the gift shop area, next to a fountain. I turned around and bumped into this smallish guy with a beautiful red head on his arm. I apologized, he apologized, and we went on our merry way. My buddy turned to me and asked if I knew who that was - I didn't. Turns out it was Tom Cruise. He had just started dating the redhead - Nicole Kidman.
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Old January 4 2011, 12:28 AM   #5
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Jerry Lawler (the king) was running for mayor in Memphis last year, and I ran into him twice, Once at a football game and once when I was walking around downtown. His politics weren't of much interest to me, but I loved wrestling when I was a kid so It was real cool to chat with him. He was very nice, talking with me about wrestling stuff even after he knew that our politics varied and that I wasn't eligible to vote in the election. We talked superheroes too, as I found out he is a comics nerd.
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Old January 4 2011, 12:32 AM   #6
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Re: Random celebrity encounters?

Not really random as they were using our offices as a green room for the Edinburgh Fringe, but Nicholas Parsons did watch me playing pool (and losing badly) with a half-pint glass in his hand. He said nothing, really. He saw barely just a minute.

This doesn't really count either, but last year I saw Andy Serkis calling after his children as he walked slowly in front of me, while I was waiting for the next train at one of the platforms of Kings Cross St. Pancras underground station in London.
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Old January 4 2011, 12:38 AM   #7
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I saw Matt Smith, the current Doctor Who, shopping for yoghurt in Marks and Spencers at Cardiff station last year.
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Old January 4 2011, 12:39 AM   #8
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I saw Matt Smith, the current Doctor Who, shopping for yoghurt in Marks and Spencers at Cardiff station last year.
Ooooh. He's no Tennant, but I still would have stood there like an idiot.
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Old January 4 2011, 12:40 AM   #9
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I walked past him and said "sorry mate" as I had to duck around him to get to my train. I wonder if he got the yogurt he wanted?
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Old January 4 2011, 12:41 AM   #10
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^ He's got a TARDIS; I'm sure he can track a yoghurt down.

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In early 1990, I was visiting a friend at the Paramount lot. We were standing outside the gift shop area, next to a fountain. I turned around and bumped into this smallish guy with a beautiful red head on his arm. I apologized, he apologized, and we went on our merry way. My buddy turned to me and asked if I knew who that was - I didn't. Turns out it was Tom Cruise. He had just started dating the redhead - Nicole Kidman.
I like this one.

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Old January 4 2011, 12:43 AM   #11
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I walked past him and said "sorry mate" as I had to duck around him to get to my train. I wonder if he got the yogurt he wanted?
Yogurt? Train? Irrelevant! How did you manage to keep your hands off of him?
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Old January 4 2011, 12:45 AM   #12
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August of 1989, I was standing next to George Lucas with his then young daughter and a Disney person assigned to them for about a half hour at night at Walt Disney World Florida. At the time, I was wanting to ask him will he ever make another Star Wars movie, in retrospect, I should have told him please never, ever make another SW movie.
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Old January 4 2011, 12:55 AM   #13
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I walked past him and said "sorry mate" as I had to duck around him to get to my train. I wonder if he got the yogurt he wanted?
Yogurt? Train? Irrelevant! How did you manage to keep your hands off of him?
Given the choice between grabbing Matt Smith and creating an awkward situation and not missing my train, I opted for the latter...

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August of 1989, I was standing next to George Lucas with his then young daughter and a Disney person assigned to them for about a half hour at night at Walt Disney World Florida. At the time, I was wanting to ask him will he ever make another Star Wars movie, in retrospect, I should have told him please never, ever make another SW movie.
If you were clairvoyant, you could have stopped the cinematic abortion that was the Prequel Trilogy. But sadly as you do not possess supernatural powers, it was not meant to be.
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Old January 4 2011, 01:03 AM   #14
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I work for Starbucks as a Manager in a store in the North East part of New Jersey, in one of the riches area Closter. I have met Chris Rock and his wife, his wife use to spend a lot of time in our store. At this time the TV show Ed was filming in the bowling alley a few miles from us. Tom Cavanagh and the whole show use to come in all the time. In fact the production use to order hundred of drinks from us at a time. They would give us an hour and we would have them all made. Law and Order star Angie Harmon and her husband Giants Jason Sehorn would stop by all the time. Also this happen at another Starbucks but during the Republican Nation Convention in NYC in 2004, Arnold Schwarzenegger wife Maria Shriver stopped into the Starbucks on RT. 17 in Carlstadt. She had either secret service with her or private security.
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Old January 4 2011, 01:08 AM   #15
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Re: Random celebrity encounters?

Waited on Dale Evans once.

Was the hostess for Vincent Price on campus once.
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