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    Simon MoonSimon Moon Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I met Blind Melon back in 1992. They were all super cool (especially considering I was a 15 year old dork at the time), except for Shannon Hoon. In retrospect I imagine he was just blasted out of his mind, but he wouldn't really acknowledge that I was there, and came off pretty dickish. Later on, during the show, he was trying to get the mic cord wrapped around the scaffolding holding the lights up so he could try to climb up there and jump down on the crowd (think the Pearl Jam video for "Evenflow"). All he managed to do was knock out two of the light bulbs, showering broken glass on the stage and the people in the front of the crowd. At the time, I was all "what the hell is he doing," but in retrospect, I think it's kinda funny.

    A friend of mine spend an evening a couple months ago chilling in a bar in Oxford with Eli Manning. Apparently, he was really laid back and fun to hang out with, which kinda surprised me. I was totally expecting to hear some stories about him being an asshole, especially since Oxford is primarily peopled with assholes, but it turns out he's a nice guy.

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    Mortal SkyMortal Sky queer punk hedge witchRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    darleysam wrote: »
    Also met Rodney Mullen just skateboarding by himself in the middle of Bristol a few years ago. Went up, said hi, cool chap.
    I'm from the same town as two of the most famous longboarders on Earth, Adam Colton and Adam Stokowski. One of my friends actually met Stokowski in a Quiznos. Apparently it was a religious experience.

    The only celeb I've ever met is the G3-level guitarist Gary Hoey. And he was freaking awesome. I happened to meet him before the club show he was playing at, and to kill time, we ended up talking. He even let me play his guitar.

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    HonkHonk Honk is this poster. Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2009
    Klorgnum wrote: »
    Honk wrote: »
    That exact Bill Murray story has on this forum alone been posted at least once in first person, and several times where the poster claims that he was the friend of the guy it happened to.

    As with most folklore it may originate from something that really happened, but I wager most of the truth has been lost in translation.

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    TavTav Irish Minister for DefenceRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Speaking of non-asshole celebs (Pushing that definition a bit :P), Christian from Gojira is the nicest guy you're ever gonna meet. After doing an hour and a half set here, he waited around for another hour and a half to sign shit, pose for photos and he even went backstage and got me a drumstick from Mario.

    Also, speaking of awesome metal band members, Per Möller Jensen (The Haunted) put on a pair of 3D glasses I threw on stage during a Haunted set when they were supporting Trivium here. After the show he jumped off the stage, shook my hand and told me he was keeping them.

    The lead singer of Despised Icon is also totally awesome. When they played here, he spent two hours in the pit watching the other bands before going onstage which was really cool of him since I never actually see people from larger bands watching the local talent.

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    ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    My friend has met several female porn stars for one reason or another and has, and I quote, said that they were "un-naturally nice" and that it as almost creepy how comfortable they were with the strange men who fawned over them.
    He has also met considerably fewer male porn stars and said they all seemed nice.

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    EgoEgo Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    My sister worked for customs for a while at a border post here. Generally it was an unexciting job of collecting the odd gun someone brought into the country without realizing that you're not supposed to do that (they'd give them back when the people left, obviously.)

    One day, though, a guy comes through who looks just a little scruffy (hasn't shaved in a week or so,) and he / the girl who's with him are being very very quiet and the customs people think it's a little odd. So they look him up just to make sure everything is kosher.

    And it's David Letterman!

    Turns out he was just hoping people wouldn't notice who he was so he wasn't saying a lot. As soon as he showed his license though he was friendly and gave everyone who wanted them autographs. Cool guy, from the sounds of it.

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    JohnnyCacheJohnnyCache Starting Defense Place at the tableRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Klorgnum wrote: »
    Honk wrote: »
    That exact Bill Murray story has on this forum alone been posted at least once in first person, and several times where the poster claims that he was the friend of the guy it happened to.

    As with most folklore it may originate from something that really happened, but I wager most of the truth has been lost in translation.

    :winky:

    Re: Folklore

    I had an aunt that used to tell this story in the first person, with Muhammad Ali as the figure in question. I have never known her to tell another lie of any kind, whatsoever or be even the slightest bit racist in general life.

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    MetroidZoidMetroidZoid Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Another Bruce Campbell experience, from a friend: apparently Bruce either has a vacation home or lives somewhere between Jacksonville and Ruch in S. Oregon (it's only like 20 minutes from my old house / parent's in Williams, and me and friends frequently drove through on the way to Medford). Anyways, one of our friends worked at the Ruch General Store (small store) when she lived there, and later in Applegate, and was in the deli when Bruce just walked in, totally normal guy. She asked for his autograph and he signed it on her 1-up Mushroom hat. Unfortunately, she still wore that thing day in and out and now the sig is horribly faded, but at least she still got the experience. Never said anything bad about him anywhoo.

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    CaptainPeacockCaptainPeacock Board Game Hoarder Top o' the LakeRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Perhaps when Bruce acts like a dick to people it's because he's on surveillance/recon for Michael.

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    SkutSkutSkutSkut Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Or he's in character, most of his characters are smartasses. Only celeb I've seen around town was Jim Carey when he was researching small town police for a role, mom almost ran him over.:lol:

    Edit- Oh! Jackie Robinson was born here! but that's for another thread.

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    TrueHereticXTrueHereticX We are the future Charles, not them. They no longer matter. Sydney, AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Here's a non-asshole one!

    When I was working at various petrol stations in sydney trying to sell cans of car wax (which by the way I supremely sucked at) I was trying to sell to a customer who seemed to be relaxing and smiled alot, when all of a sudden I realise who I'm talking to...

    David Wenham. I was trying to sell crappy car wax to Faramir!

    I made the mistake of actually saying something like this out loud, which he laughed at and introduced himself. Shook my hand and everything. I asked him for an autograph (which I've lost since, it was on one of the companies brochures) and he graciously signed.

    He was a cool bloke, seemed like the kinda guy you could have a beer with.

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    ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    SkutSkut wrote: »
    Or he's in character, most of his characters are smartasses. Only celeb I've seen around town was Jim Carey when he was researching small town police for a role, mom almost ran him over.:lol:

    Edit- Oh! Jackie Robinson was born here! but that's for another thread.

    Man, thats creepy, because he died where I grew up.

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    Modern ManModern Man Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I was at a comedy club in New York. One of the guys performing that night was Colin Quinn. At one point in the night, I was looking for the restroom as he came around a corner. I asked him if he knew where the pisser was, and he told me something like "Do I look like I fucking work here?" I actually shot back to him "Hey, what's with that attitude, man? You're like the only guy on Saturday Night Live who never got his own movie."

    I was actually proud of that comeback.

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    Modern ManModern Man Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    He has also met considerably fewer male porn stars and said they all seemed nice.
    Ron Jeremy pulled up a bar stool next to me in some dive bar in LA. I talked to him a bit while we finished our beers and waited for our respective parties to show up. He was very cool and normal. I guess he gets how good he has it- he's banged hundreds of incredibly attractive women who he should have had no chance with if he had been a "civilian."

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    shrykeshryke Member of the Beast Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Ron Jeremy spoke at my University once for ... something or other. He nailed some student in the bathroom before he left.

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    deowolfdeowolf is allowed to do that. Traffic.Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Modern Man wrote: »
    He has also met considerably fewer male porn stars and said they all seemed nice.
    Ron Jeremy pulled up a bar stool next to me in some dive bar in LA. I talked to him a bit while we finished our beers and waited for our respective parties to show up. He was very cool and normal. I guess he gets how good he has it- he's banged hundreds of incredibly attractive women who he should have had no chance with if he had been a "civilian."

    The one night I didn't go out a few years ago, apparently the Hedgehog showed up at our local bar in a limo with some girls and a giant bag of coke. All accounts are that he's a really cool, if somewhat greasier guy, in person.

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    chasmchasm Ill-tempered Texan Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I was dating a girl who was friends with Phil Anselmo's (singer from Pantera) girlfriend at the time. We had lunch with them. He may be a bigger asshole than the worst story you've ever heard.

    That's about the only bad personal experience I've had with celebs. Ran into Ethan Hawke once in the French Market in New Orleans. Told him I really enjoyed him in Gattaca and he just flashed a grin and said, "Thanks, man," and I left it at that.

    My dad was friends with Arthur C. Clarke and he sent an autographed copy of 2001 to me for my 14th birthday. After it was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina, he sent another copy to replace it.

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    Ghostly ClockworkGhostly Clockwork Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Not really a bad story, but both my uncle and my dad have had celebrity encounters. My uncle's a eye doc in Cali, so he sees a lot of celebs, he actually got Stan Lee to autograph a copy of his biography and send it to me, which was very cool. I just randomly got a package from him one day, and lo and behold, Stan Lee's book and autographed

    As for my Dad, The Who was in town touring when one of them had some dental problems. He was brought into my dad's office, and they gave him a bunch of tickets and whatnot, apparently they were all very nice.

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    DiannaoChongDiannaoChong Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Another Bruce Campbell experience, from a friend: apparently Bruce either has a vacation home or lives somewhere between Jacksonville and Ruch in S. Oregon (it's only like 20 minutes from my old house / parent's in Williams, and me and friends frequently drove through on the way to Medford). Anyways, one of our friends worked at the Ruch General Store (small store) when she lived there, and later in Applegate, and was in the deli when Bruce just walked in, totally normal guy. She asked for his autograph and he signed it on her 1-up Mushroom hat. Unfortunately, she still wore that thing day in and out and now the sig is horribly faded, but at least she still got the experience. Never said anything bad about him anywhoo.

    He might of been doing it as part of the show for the movie, theres lots of clips of him at live meetings on youtube where he jokes around with fans, or pokes fun, but isnt an asshole or anything. In this case the movie you described, showed him off as a character in the exact same way he just acted in the story.

    Ive gotten to meet wilford brimley twice, pretty strange. Awesome stories about hard target though.

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    LoneIgadzraLoneIgadzra Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Good celeb story: my family has always been pretty into the Lord of the Rings, so when the movie costume & prop exhibit came to the Boston science museum at the same time as Sean Astin was doing a signing for his new book, we headed out for a day trip. Somehow we were there early enough to get a ticket to return to the book signing line later in the day, which we did.

    Turns out the reason the line was moving really slowly is the guy was being a fucking hero and actually chatting with all the thousands of people going through that day. I said as much, and he laughed and said it was like "people-surfing" or something. My mom's a librarian for a small-town library that looks like a castle which she somehow managed to mention, and he drew a little castle in her book. (Of course then that particular copy couldn't go on the shelf. Oh well.)

    For the record, the book was very interesting - extremely rushed, but interesting.

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    HappylilElfHappylilElf Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Modern Man wrote: »
    I was at a comedy club in New York. One of the guys performing that night was Colin Quinn. At one point in the night, I was looking for the restroom as he came around a corner. I asked him if he knew where the pisser was, and he told me something like "Do I look like I fucking work here?" I actually shot back to him "Hey, what's with that attitude, man? You're like the only guy on Saturday Night Live who never got his own movie."

    I was actually proud of that comeback.

    Better comeback: Absolutely.

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    SithDrummerSithDrummer Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Perhaps when Bruce acts like a dick to people it's because he's on surveillance/recon for Michael.
    Yeah, on that bad experience was he signing autographs as Chuck Finley? This is important.

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    RaneadosRaneados police apologist you shouldn't have been there, obviouslyRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    only real celebrity story I have is to do with Dane Cook and is part of the reason why I can never hate him as much as everyone else seems to

    when he came to my college for a show years and years ago, he did another show a little ways away in a club. He did his bit about showing up to a bowling alley/restaurant afterward with like 1000 people. yey funny and all, and the show continued

    the good part was was as the show was winding down, and people were leaving, he brought it up again, and specifically mentioned a chili's a little ways away

    the show ended and everyone left.

    Now me and the people i went with were hungry and we were like "hah let's go to a chilis"

    sure why not

    we get there, and start eating, place is decently packed, I guess others had the same idea

    dane cook walks in. whaaaaaaaaaaat

    starts talking to EVERYONE, chatting, drinking, laughing, everyone has a good time

    paid for everyone's meals and drinks
    every single person who was still there when he left, picked up their tab

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    BogartBogart Streetwise Hercules Registered User, Moderator Mod Emeritus
    edited September 2009
    I spotted Danny Boyle just after Trainspotting had finished being lauded as the greatest thing ever. Me and my then very recently acquired girlfriend were in New York ooing and ahhing over everything when we saw him on an escalator. I ran after him and accosted him in the DVD aisle of a Virgin Megastore and told him how much I loved his stuff. He was very nice, told me about his latest film that was yet to be released and showed me his shopping (Disney's Hercules, for his kids).

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    NocrenNocren Lt Futz, Back in Action North CarolinaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Not an asshole story:
    I used to live up with my dad in Boise, Idaho in the mid to late nineties. Now being up in the mountains he took up skiing and Sun Valley is fairly close by. Sun Valley is Aspen-light, as in a lot of celebrities have winter vacation homes because it's not as crowded/famous as Aspen. Such examples are the Governor of California and his restaurant chain business partner.

    So my dad's on the slopes having some fun, spending about equal time upright as he is in the powder when he sees another guy doing worse than he is (practically falling down the hill). My dad pulls next to him and gives the guy a few pointers. The guy thanks him and manages to ski down the hill. So my dad is relating this story over dinner to his girlfriend mentioning that "I ran into Bruce Willis today..."

    She of course didn't believe him. After dinner they're walking around town when a car pulls up next to them on the curb. The passenger window rolls down and there is Demi Moore sitting in the seat. Then Bruce Willis' head shows up and he says "Hey man, thanks for your advice today," smiling and waving before rolling up the window and driving off.

    I think my dad had to help his girlfriend pick her jaw up off the sidewalk.


    As for a bad celeb story, my first bitch of an ex-girlfriend (though she was a lying thieving cunt, so take this story with a grain of salt. A very LARGE grain.) had connections to the Ministry of Sound and as such got into a release party of some sort. She was a huge Buffy fan and ZOMG SMG!!!! Sarah Michelle Geller was there. Ex walked up to her and said "Hi! I love your show! I'm a big fan!" before walking off. Supposedly my ex heard Mrs. Freddie Printz Jr. say "I can't believe they let her in here," as she was walking away.

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    DuffelDuffel jacobkosh Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Not a personal story, but this website has a whole section devoted to encounters with celebrity diners and some of them are pretty interesting.

    For instance, re: Bill Murray
    About ten years ago I was waiting tables in a New York area cafe near Bill Murray's home. It was about 15 min. past closing time, and I was finishing my side work when Bill Murray and his brother walked in. He asked if they could be served, and as any true fan would, I showed them to a table. Not only was he the most entertaining guest I have ever served, but he taught me a trick that as a "Foodie" I still cherish. Via a long funny story and a lemon squeezing contest, he taught me that rolling a lemon breaks up the pulp, causing the wedges to release far more juice then an unrolled lemon. In the end he left me a 120% tip on a sixty dollar check. Bill Murray made my week and possibly my summer!! I hope you still treat your servers with as much respect.

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    ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Bah, I don't believe that story about Bill Murray and I doubt anyone will.

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    PodlyPodly you unzipped me! it's all coming back! i don't like it!Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Not sure if it's been brought up, but my friend was on the subway one time last year -- this is after bill murray went though his divorce and by all accounts was having a midlife crisis. So he's on the subway and he's looking around and goes "wait, is that bill murray?" He looks back and realizes its him. Since he's on the subway, it be incredibly rude to go over and ask for his autograph or gawk at him, but he does glance over every now and then. One time, when he wasn't looking, he gets grabbed from behind. Bill Murray ensues to give my friend a noogie, telling my friend "no one will ever believe you!" Apparently bill murray does this ALL THE TIME. Like, he went up to some girl in whole foods and covered her eyes while she was eating and said the same thing. He would also just show up at random parties in the Lower East Side and Williamsburg and shoot the shit for a while.

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    TaminTamin Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    My sister met J. K. Rowling once. Some lawsuit (the Potter dictionary thing?).

    Just passing by, sees this huge crowd around a courthouse and asks someone what's going on; they tell her Ms. Rowling is coming out soonish. Not surprisingly, she stuck around for a bit and got an autograph. Evidently Ms. Rowling was very nice in person.

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    MorgensternMorgenstern ICH BIN DER PESTVOGEL DU KAMPFAFFE!Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I smoked a joint with Seth Green once. He bought me a chicken burrito afterwards and I gave him directions on how to get back to his hotel.

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    DHS OdiumDHS Odium Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I've met Bruce Campbell as well at a book signing which also later turned into a movie premier. He was incredibly nice to both myself and my wife (even pronounced her name correctly on the first try, nobody does that). After, during the QA before the movie, he joked around, and did have sarcastic answers. I wouldn't say it was anything near being an asshole though, he was poking fun, and to be fair, a lot of the questions asked were incredibly stupid. Everyone enjoyed it.

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    HappylilElfHappylilElf Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Podly wrote: »
    Not sure if it's been brought up, but my friend was on the subway one time last year -- this is after bill murray went though his divorce and by all accounts was having a midlife crisis. So he's on the subway and he's looking around and goes "wait, is that bill murray?" He looks back and realizes its him. Since he's on the subway, it be incredibly rude to go over and ask for his autograph or gawk at him, but he does glance over every now and then. One time, when he wasn't looking, he gets grabbed from behind. Bill Murray ensues to give my friend a noogie, telling my friend "no one will ever believe you!" Apparently bill murray does this ALL THE TIME. Like, he went up to some girl in whole foods and covered her eyes while she was eating and said the same thing. He would also just show up at random parties in the Lower East Side and Williamsburg and shoot the shit for a while.

    From the [Something Awful] link
    My friend and I were on the subway and Bill Murray was sitting across from us. We were nudging each other the whole trip uptown and I guess we made it quite obvious that we recognized him.

    As we exited the train Murray walked up behind me, grabs me and gives me a noogie. Bill then whispered in my ear, "No one will ever believe you" and walked off.
    Easily the funniest thing I've read in awhile and I believe it 100%. I would love to meet Bill Murray.

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    PodlyPodly you unzipped me! it's all coming back! i don't like it!Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    amazing

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    LudiousLudious I just wanted a sandwich A temporally dislocated QuiznosRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Can relate this one from a Coworker. David Copperfield doesn't like to be stopped when he's walking through a casino's backstage area etc, so he holds his cellphone to his ear like he's on it, so people don't bother him. He was walking through with tunnel vision, carrying on a completely fictional conversation on his phone...when it rang.

    Guess that Illusion didn't work out too well, huh David Copperfield?

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    KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Ludious wrote: »
    Can relate this one from a Coworker. David Copperfield doesn't like to be stopped when he's walking through a casino's backstage area etc, so he holds his cellphone to his ear like he's on it, so people don't bother him. He was walking through with tunnel vision, carrying on a completely fictional conversation on his phone...when it rang.

    Guess that Illusion didn't work out too well, huh David Copperfield?

    Isn't he the one who told his staff to find ladies in the crowd that he could have sex with, find out if they had husbands/boyfriends there, and keep them away?

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    The Crowing OneThe Crowing One Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    People talking about the Dudley Brothers

    Spike spoke to one of my classes back in school concerning performance and ritual. He made it a big deal to show off his wedding ring, and ensure that all the girls knew he was "taken".

    The next day in class our professor zeros in on a girl sitting in the back: "So, did you have fun last night?"

    Her blush coated the room. Apparently Little Spike enjoys showing off his wedding ring so that the girls he sexes up on the road know there's no chance for anything more. Jerk.

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    Salvation122Salvation122 Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Simon Moon wrote: »
    A friend of mine spend an evening a couple months ago chilling in a bar in Oxford with Eli Manning. Apparently, he was really laid back and fun to hang out with, which kinda surprised me. I was totally expecting to hear some stories about him being an asshole, especially since Oxford is primarily peopled with assholes, but it turns out he's a nice guy.

    I have a friend that worked in a restaurant in Oxford who told me that Manning was the douchiest customer ever.

    No specifics, just that he was a totally egotistical jagoff who flipped his shit over the littlest things.

    Granted that was back when he was in Ole Miss so I suppose he could have grown up after going pro, and I imagine that shit wouldn't really fly nearly as well in New York.

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    Modern ManModern Man Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    KalTorak wrote: »
    Ludious wrote: »
    Can relate this one from a Coworker. David Copperfield doesn't like to be stopped when he's walking through a casino's backstage area etc, so he holds his cellphone to his ear like he's on it, so people don't bother him. He was walking through with tunnel vision, carrying on a completely fictional conversation on his phone...when it rang.

    Guess that Illusion didn't work out too well, huh David Copperfield?

    Isn't he the one who told his staff to find ladies in the crowd that he could have sex with, find out if they had husbands/boyfriends there, and keep them away?
    Allong similar lines, my wife practices employment law. Her firm represented Jean Claude Van Damme when one of his employees sued him for sexual harassment. He came in to sign the settlement papers (apparently his sexual harassment was pretty bad and they advised him to settle quickly). The guy was apparently an incredibly arrogant little prick. He basically hit on every attractive woman in the office and had demanded that they have certain food and beverages available for when he came in. He had a giant sense of his own self-worth, even though this happened when he was a mostly washed-up has-been. My wife said he hit on her, even though her wedding ring is pretty obvious and, more comically, she's about 6 inches taller than him. I told her she should have told him that he was too short for this particular ride.

    On the flip side, I met Gordon Ramsay at an event in New York. I mentioned to him that I had represented the landlord of a couple of his US restarants in lease negotiations with his people. He took an interest in that and ended up sitting at our table for about 10 minutes talking shop about the two restaurants. His wife was really sweet, too. I got the sense that he really hams things up for his TV show. More importantly, he gave me the e-mail address to use to get reservations for his NY restaurant if they were ever booked up.

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    HappylilElfHappylilElf Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Huh, apparently in '97 Van Damme was diagnosed as bi-polar which explains a lot of what I've heard about him.

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    Disco11Disco11 Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Well I have a not asshole story

    This was in Montreal years back... I was waiting for a bus downtown when I feel someone tap me on the shoulder and hear''excuse me'' and I turn around and see a giant chest... I look up past that and see Micheal Clark Duncan! He was in Montreal shooting a movie and was looking for directions to the hockey arena. He was not a household name at that point and his bodyguard him and I chatted for about 15min. He talked about how he loved the city and i asked him how he got into acting... Man that guy is so aware how lucky he is. The most humble guy I have ever met. It was funny that his body guard was a foot shorter and like 75lbs lighter too but he was a great guy too.

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