Monday, October 04, 2010
( 11:23 PM ) teahouse
I've Loved You So Long
Working in midtown Manhattan, I often see celebrities in the street while walking to the office in the morning.
This morning I almost ran smack into Morgan Freeman.
He was taking photos with some of his fans in the street.
Unlike some famous people, who give off a chilly aura when you see them in real life, he was relaxed and gracious and friendly. He was shaking everyone's hand, signing autographs and smiling.
One woman walking by shouted, "We love you! You're one of the greatest actors of all time!"
"Thank you!" he responded, waving at her with a smile before jumping into his limo.
I wanted to yell my feelings, too - something along the lines of, "I've loved you since I was a kid, Morgan Freeman! You were instrumental in the formative years of my childhood! You were awesome in The Electric Company! My favorite song was the one you sang about the Hole in the Bottom of the Sea!"
But then I lost my nerve. I wasn't sure if he'd be insulted, given the extraordinary trajectory his career took after that point.
It would be like someone saying to me, "I've admired you for a long time, THB. I was always impressed at how fast you ran in dodgeball and Red Rover when we were in fourth grade."
Then again, I wouldn't have minded that. I was a pretty good dodgeball player. And nobody could break through my grip of steel in Red Rover.#
I've seen a few celebrities over the years and always get struck dumb! I love Morgan Freeman too and mostly think of Shawshank Redemption.
Glad to hear Mr. Freeman is such a gracious actor, esp. someone of his reputation and stature.
I think it would have been flattering, cause it shows you've been a fan for a long time!
ya know I always thought he was a regular guy, I like that about him...
I ruled at tetherball! And I remember it fondly...
I was really good at Red Rover, too! Must be a sister thing!
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I just put up a little sidebar button for you and I must say it's one of my alltime favorites!
The biggest celebrity I have ever seen in person was El General, and he's only a celeb around these parts!