Thursday, April 16, 2009

Spin Cycle: A Different Celebrity!


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)
  1. Miami Vice (2006)
  2. Collateral (2004)
  3. Ali (2001)
  4. The Insider (1999)
  5. Heat (1995)
  6. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
  7. L.A. Takedown (1989) (TV)
  8. "Crime Story" (1 episode, 1987)
    - Top of the World (1987) TV episode
  9. Manhunter (1986)
    ... aka Red Dragon: The Curse of Hannibal Lecter (USA: TV title)
  10. The Keep (1983)
  11. Thief (1981)
  12. The Jericho Mile (1979) (TV)
  13. "Police Woman" (1 episode, 1977)
    - The Buttercup Killer (1977) TV episode
  14. 17 Days Down the Line (1972)
  15. Jaunpuri (1971)
  16. Insurrection (1968)
I'm standing in the historic grass, in the beautiful May sunshine, and someone casually mentions there's a major Hollywood producer/director/writer standing over yonder. I was a flim major, so my heart missed a few beats. We all wound up surrounding him, like a gaggle of eager boarding school girls around the sole male, but only one guy could think of a brainy question to ask him.. about the sub-plot of the driver in Heat (1995).

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?

16 comments:

Sprite's Keeper April 16, 2009 at 8:24 PM  

I have to confess. I needed to Google his name to see what he looked like. And then I still needed to read his bio. The name is extremely familiar though. The fact that he has every celebrity on speed dial is pretty hard to come by! Great Spin! You're linked!

Casey April 16, 2009 at 9:15 PM  

Isn't it funny how we always forget how to speak intelligently when we run across someone who intimidates us?

I'm with SK, you need to steal that dude's cell phone and copy the numbers. Remember us little people when you make it big. There's a bit Thumbs Up for encouragement headed out in tomorrow's mail....

Hit 40 April 17, 2009 at 2:35 AM  

I love spotting someone famous. Tricky in Ohio. I'll even take a B list actor.

I am always surprised by how short they are!!

blueviolet@A Nut in a Nutshell April 17, 2009 at 2:36 AM  

What if you had been a star? Well, you'll have to settle for seeing the star, I guess. Great story!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) April 17, 2009 at 3:37 AM  

Great story! Michael Mann has done some awesome work - that's too funny that he 'corrected' your assumption about North Carolina... Do you end up doing the 'woulda, shoulda, coulda' mode sometimes? I'm intrigued by your 'Kevin Costner event', heading over to read that now... ;)

musing April 17, 2009 at 9:11 AM  

How cool!

I can't wait for Public Enemies. Johnny Depp and his big gun.

Be still my beating heart.

buffalodick April 17, 2009 at 9:19 AM  

I 've met some sort of famous people- nothing like that...

K April 17, 2009 at 9:59 AM  

I have never met a celebrity.

I would definitely say something completely dumb.

septembermom April 17, 2009 at 10:24 AM  

I couldn't remember what he looked like either. He does have an impressive accomplishment list. You did pretty good with this celebrity meeting. I'm sure I would've said something way out there which would have made him shuffle past me real quick. Wonder what you would have said to Kevin in that situation?

H.K. April 17, 2009 at 11:05 AM  

Yes, God is trying to tell you something. He wants you to find out how many more of your friends and relatives know celebrities.

I got a good one for you. Several years ago, my cousin's old college room mate invited her to a baby shower given by Julia Roberts! Her college buddy and Julia Roberts are good friends!

Jenni Jiggety April 17, 2009 at 4:57 PM  

How cool is that? I have met nobody! Someday I hope to have a bruch with fame!

Jenners April 17, 2009 at 7:04 PM  

Cool! I imagine it must be annoying for celebrities to have us regular people be so idiotic around them...but I would be the same way! I can't think of a time I actually had a brush with fame of any kind...

Jeanne April 18, 2009 at 5:22 AM  

I used to think I'd love to meet Woody Allen, but once he hooked up with his daughter, I kind of lost interest.

Kim April 18, 2009 at 6:15 AM  

We don't see many celebrities here but about 15 years ago friends and I went to NYC and saw Elijah Woods who was only about 11 at the time. The poor kid didn't know what hit him. Six Canadian girls (half of them didn't have a clue who he was)just thrilled to be able to say they saw a celebrity!

Femin Susan April 20, 2009 at 6:10 PM  

I have never met a celebrity. thanks for sharing.........

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