I know, I know.. all of you Spin Cyclists that read my blog are justifiably expecting the Kevin Costner story. But I tried that once, remember? Yes, I had the chance to go out to his place in Colorado, twice, yes it was fabulous, yes I loved it, yes he's fabulous for letting us, no he was not there, blah blah blah. Let's not go there (again.)
BUT! Casey reminded me, I did have a brush with celebrity prior to this. In college. And it was WAY cooler because I actually met the celebrity. As opposed to just staying in his house, using his kick-ass Keurig Coffee (I met my) Maker and his snowmobiles and sledding hill.
This is a little less glamorous: I was invited to a friend's wedding her Senior year in college. They'd been dating since High School, he went to Duke (blech) and she went to Carolina (yay) and got married in Duke Gardens (blech) and had the reception at an old historic Inn in historic Hillsbrough (closer to Chapel Hill..yay!) I rode on the Equestrian team with her, and she was a very cool chick.. pretty laid back, concomitantly ditzy and smart, and hilarious.
I didn't know her well enough for her to break out with, "So my aunt married Michael Mann."
Let me pause here and give you Michael Mann's filmography:
Frankie Machine (2010) (in production) (rumored)
Public Enemies (2009) (completed)
- Miami Vice (2006)
- Collateral (2004)
- Ali (2001)
- The Insider (1999)
- Heat (1995)
- The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
- L.A. Takedown (1989) (TV)
- "Crime Story" (1 episode, 1987)
- Top of the World (1987) TV episode
- Manhunter (1986)
... aka Red Dragon: The Curse of Hannibal Lecter (USA: TV title)
- The Keep (1983)
- Thief (1981)
- The Jericho Mile (1979) (TV)
- "Police Woman" (1 episode, 1977)
- The Buttercup Killer (1977) TV episode
- 17 Days Down the Line (1972)
- Jaunpuri (1971)
- Insurrection (1968)
Mr. Mann was intrigued, and took his time answering. I was so insanely jealous of that question. All I could stammer out was, "I'm a film major! But oh well. We are in North Carolina."
He corrected my assumption and said North Carolina's film industry was really ramping up. Not to count it out. Pursue all projects.
(Well, if I HAD taken his advice, do you really think I'd be writing this blog right now as opposed to the next screenplay he directs?! )
Michael Mann was one cool cat. Married to an aunt of a friend of mine. They go to family weddings. I met him once, had casual conversation. And he has every Hollywood A-list actor on speed dial.
This was years before the Kevin Costner "event". Is God trying to tell me something?