Hello, welcome to We’re Not Rolling everyone! How are you? If you live in L.A it’s been quite hot as of late. I’ve been fortunate enough to not really have to deal with it because I’ve been off. If I get too hot I just go jump in the pool for a little while and cool down. However I can’t imagine having to film in places like Santa Clarita right now….ACTUALLY…I have a very good impression of what it must be like because I have filmed out there around this time. Although with the planets constant cooking every year I can only imagine that in the next 10 years places like this will be unfilm-able (Is that a word?). I mean seriously, who the Fuck is going to go and film in 120-130 degree weather. That’s actually an interesting topic..I must make a note. Let’s get into this shall we?!
In today’s post I wanted to talk about geeking out over certain actors, athletes, performers basically anyone that’s in the spotlight. Now before I get into the people who I’ve geeked out over because yes I have lost my shit (Mentally) at times. I want to address all these coworkers that claim not to geek out over famous people. Look when I say “Geek out” I don’t mean that you can’t compose yourself and therefore drool every time that person is around. I believe…or at least want to believe that everyone in this world looks up to someone in this world. I don’t mean your parents either, I mean someone famous. So with that way of thinking I believe that everyone has someone who if they were to meet in person they would feel honored, nervous, happy, excited..you know…I think you would definitely remember that day and it would be special. That’s what I mean by “Geek out”.
I will say this though the longer one works in the business the more one starts thinking this way that no one could make them feel like that. I’m definitely guilty of this as the years go on but then I’ll work with someone of whom I’m a fan and I get that feeling in my gut all over again. It’s awesome! I will also say that when I first started out in the business I might’ve fooled myself into this feeling a few times. I remember thinking it was great to meet a certain person but then when I met the first person that I can say was my first real geek out moment I noticed the difference immediately. Now funny enough the first person that made me go “Ga-Ga” wasn’t someone who I worked with on set. I actually wasn’t in the business yet so the first time I met him it was at a screening of his film that was due a few months after that. This film was Serenity and the first person that made me lose my shit was Mr. Joss Whedon. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that knows me as he is one of my top 5 favorite directors. I’ve been a Joss fan since I first found his genius on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Since that show I have followed his career so closely that it might’ve at one point seemed stalker-ish. Anyhow so we’re at the screening, it ends and he’s outside, just to corner talking to some people and shaking hands with everyone that knew he was there. I immediately got into the line I saw forming and knew instantly exactly what I was going to say. I remember being a bit nervous and I just kept watching the line get shorter and shorter as I got closer and closer to meeting one of my life long heroes. Finally it was my turn, I stepped up, I shook his hand smiling and said “I loved the movie, it made me want to do the dance of joy.”(If you’re a Buffy/Angel fan you’ll get this, if not don’t worry about it) He laughed at the reference and said “Thank you” AAAANNDD I fainted…No…I didn’t. I wish crazy shit like that would happen to me at times. That would be such a great story. I’m not someone who gets embarrassed so I would enjoy telling that tale all the muthafucking time.
Flash forward to a few years after this amazing memory and I get a phone call to come day play on a pilot for a New TV show. I think cool, yeah I’ll come out and play for the day. That night when I get my call sheet I look at the title and I don’t recognize the name of the show at all. So I turn it around to see who I’m working with and right there in the Director column I read Joss Whedon. I had just signed on to come work on Agents of Shield and as a way to keep the name secret it had an alternate show name. Crazy how the world works at times. When we first met it I was no where in the same realm as this man and now here we were about to be working on the same show. We had lunch within a table of each other! HA! I know it was only for a day but I will tell you this, to date I think it’s one of my best days on set. I was in heaven watching this master work. However the best and most amazing moment came later that day when Joss came over to me as he was walking by, looked me in the eye and said “I love that shirt, Joss.” I said “Thanks YOU’RE MY HERO MAN!!” No Hahahaha..I said “Thanks, my names Lou.” I wish I could say that we hit it off right there, became besties and have hung out on many occasions after that but he just carried on after that exchange. I know, you might be wondering what the shirt said and funny enough it’s one of my favorites. It’s a Back to the Future shirt that reads “I’m Your Density…”. Yes, I still have the shirt, I still wear it (I didn’t frame it…not yet anyway) and I’m always reminded of that day because of it. Thanks for the memory Joss AKA Numfar!! Hahaha! Like he would read my little ole blog. There’s always hope right?
I just had to add that in there. I love this scene so much. The best part, that’s actually Joss doing the dance. Also I apologize for the over use of the word “geek” in this post. HA!
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