Going to the Calgary Expo in Calgary, Ab for 5 out of the last 6 years, I have had the luck to meet some of my favorite actors who turned out to be awesome people !
I want to hear from you folks, stories of your meeting your favorite actor or other well known personality.
I will start this post off with two of my most memorable meetings.
Doug Jones as Abe Sapien, Silver Surfer and Pan.
Doug Jones, character actor often only seen in costume, in movies like Hellboy (Abe Sapian), Pans Labyrinth (Pan) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (Silver Surfer). I knew who he was and was quite excited to meet him, so I walked up to his table and started looking at the photographs he had for sale. I could not decide which one to buy to have him autograph, so I asked him which movie he enjoyed working on the most. He thought for only a short time and replied Pans Labyrinth ! I asked him why that one, and we chatted amicably for 20 minutes or so, as there was no one waiting behind. I picked the picture of himself as Pan and asked if he could autograph it for me. He was quite touched as to why I picked it so he signed it like this: To Ed – Making the Wise Choice. As I was about to leave, he called me back saying he would love a picture with his wisest fan. I never did get a copy myself, but it was quite an honor that he wanted one for himself.
Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee.
Sean Astin, most well known for his roles as Rudy Ruettiger in the film Rudy and as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. As a huge LOTR fan, I was quite excited to be able to meet him. I had purchased a beautiful leather bound, parchment paper filled book embossed with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy; just so he could sign it. As I waited in the very long line of fans, I noted how he would take the time to chat with each one of us. I paid for my autograph and walked up to stand in front of him. Mr. Astin took one look at me, squinted and remarked that he knows me from somewhere. You are that fellow who has been stalking me !! I replied that I just have that stalker look, but that he was not my type. He laughed out loud and I handed him my autograph book. He whistled, turning the book over in his hands, gently opening the book and then placed it under the table. Leaning forward, he asked me what I wanted him to sign. HA HA he belts out, gets the book out exclaiming how lovely it was. He wanted to sign on the first page; so any other LOTR cast that signs it must sign after me, he said. A two handed handshake later and I wandered off beaming like a kid walking out of a candy store carting a precious cache of goodies.
There you go, those are my more cherished meetings, and now I look forward to reading about yours !