Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Don’t blow it

America is obsessed with celebrities. We don’t have to debate that, do we?

Good.

On Sunday we had the unique pleasure of seeing the advanced screening of Hot Fuzz – from the fellas who brought you Shaun of the Dead – at the Brattle Theater. And the big bonus was that the stars of the movie, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were on hand along with the director Edgar Wright.

I’ll talk more about the movie later – we’ll most certainly cover it in the podcast – but I wanted to take a moment to address the issue of Q&A sessions between celebrities and the public.

You’re excited. You’re a fan. You want to talk to someone famous. Now is your big moment. What do you do?

Do you ask about inspiration? Do you ask about influences? Do you ask about research? Do you ask a technical question about a particularly complicated stunt? Maybe.

But for the love of Santa, don’t ask if writing the script was “awesome or like really, really awesome.” The crowd dies a little inside when that happens.

I won’t dwell on it. But I’ll just throw it out there. Think twice and speak once.

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