Working as an actor, I've had several encounters, but the ones I remember most fondly are from working as an extra (or, as we call ourselves these days, "background actors".....but we're still furniture that eats.)
I was doing background on a low-budget film starring Tim Roth. (He's on a new TV series now...can't even remember the name). They were actually having a pre-shoot make-up thing, where they were trying out make-up on me, and I had a cup of coffee. Tim Roth was in the room, and I had left my coffee on the make-up table to go get something in my bag, and I turned around and he was drinking my coffee! I smiled and sat down again, and he said, "Oh my God! Was I just drinking your coffee? I'm so sorry!!! Shall I get you another?" (He was so polite!) I said, "No, that's okay. I'm sure you don't have any germs."
I was doing background on Splash
- the skating rink scene. Ron Howard, at that time (who was directing), liked to set up all sorts of different angles of a shot, so he was in the middle of set-up, and Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah were on the fake ice, (Teflon), skating around, waiting. I was standing by the railing, where I had been placed. Tom Hanks just skated over and started talking! He said, "Wow. Ron Howard, eh? Just think! He worked with John Wayne!!! And Aunt Bea!!! And here he is directing!!" We had a nice little chat. Such a nice guy!!!
One of my favorite encounters was when I was working as a waitress. (Lots of that when you're an actor!
) One night I was serving drinks to a two-top and the girl just stared behind me with her mouth open. The guy with her looked and said, "Paul Newman is standing right behind you." I sort of collected myself and turned around and he was with Joanne and Shirley Knight and a couple of other people. Out manager was pushing tables together for them, and Paul Newman looked right at me, I said, "Hello!" and said "Hiya! What kind of beer do you have?" I told him, he ordered, I took orders from the rest of the table and proceeded to wait on them. What a nice guy!!! Shirley Knight was doing a reading of a new play a couple of blocks away.....Joanne Woodward had directed it. I was told that they had been in the night before, when I wasn't there, but I never thought I'd have a chance to see them! (Good tipper, too.)
Once, when I first started at this restaurant, the first night I worked (rather than lunch), it was packed, and I had a table of two and I was rushing around with my other tables and when the two-top was finished, they paid, and left, I turned around and went to a four-top and they were all excited and were asking, "What was he like? Was he nice? Was he a good tipper?" I said, "Who?" And they said, "JFK Jr. You just waited on him." I was astounded that I was so busy I hadn't even noticed. I was just freaked that it was my first dinner night and I was so swamped. I said to these people, "No way!!!!!" And he was a very
I met quite a few people at that place. Dolph Lundgren, who was an absolute a**.....I won't go into it, he was so drunk and rude. Yuk. But most people were really, really nice.