When you work on a studio lot, you see people you may not see elsewhere. When they were shooting Rush Hour 3, I saw Jackie Chan rolling around on a segway all the time. (Of course, I wasn’t allowed to rollerblade on the lot, because it was too dangerous.)
The other day, I passed Larry Miller in the hall. I didn’t recognize him, but I could tell by his expression that I had that “I recognize this dude but I don’t have any idea why” face. If he had said something (like, “We’re driving to Florida!” maybe), I totally would have recognized his voice from the Adam Carolla Show. Later on, I was kicking myself, ’cause he’s really funny and I would’ve said so.
Today was worse. I passed the show runner of a successful show that I greatly admire. He had a big smile on his face, and he said, “Hi, how are you?”
All I said was, “Good,” and went on my way. Man!
I even had something to talk to the guy about. He spoke at my alma mater on Monday, and I had intended to go, but I was held up at work. That right there is something I can build some small talk out of, which would then be a basis to chat this guy up in the future. But, like a dumbass, I thought bringing a banana to the AD on set was more important.