The Friday Five!

The who, what, when, where and why of celebs!

1. Who is your favorite celebrity?

Oooo, can I pick two? My five, I say YES! OK, number one in no particular order is Tom Hanks.

He seems to me, from all of what I have heard, to be a genuinely nice person which seems a difficult thing to maintain for a Hollywood star as big as he is. I once heard an interview with the producer of Bosom Buddies about how years later Tom ran into the fella somewheres. Tom Hanks was THE name in Hollywood at the time and everyone was all about the Hanks while the producer fella pretty much stayed in the B rate working guys light. So Tom was all “Hey! Producer fella guy! Man, I owe you so much, you gave me my big break…hey everyone, this is Producer Fella Guy!” and evidently Tom was sincerely all a-gush over this guy who remained, in Hollywood, just your average Joe worker guy. The producer dude said he was a little embarrassed because here was Tom Hanks, academy award winner and famous actor while he, the producer fella, was really no one in comparison yet Tom was really happy to see him and had a sort of almost reverent attitude towards the fella.

Number two is Bruce Campbell.

He too is an every day working Joe (but an actor dude) and although he hasn’t made it like Tom Hanks has, he is one of those recognizable actor dudes. You know…Ash from Army of Darkness? OK, Autolycus from Xena and Hercules? Brisco County Jr.? Jack of all Trades? Oh just look him up. Anyway, he has this great book out (well it has been out for a while) called If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor which pretty much describes the down and dirty of trying to be an actor. It’s really funny, especially the parts where he talks about he and Sam Raimi’s relationship. Bruce hasn’t forgotten his roots either and does a lot of work with promoting independent film projects and the like.

2. Who is your least favorite?

Only one here: Carrot Top. Not funny. Not at all. I just wish he would realize this and go away. 1-800-EAT-MYSHORTS you hack.

3. Have you ever met or seen any celebrities in real life?

I was going to say no, but then I realized that we saw Bruce Campbell at Bubba Ho-tep when he showed up as a surprise guest speaker. Man, that rocked. Does that count? I mean, we were at Moo U, not exactly the hot bed of celebs, and it was a fairly small venue (a fair sized lecture hall at a big ten university…say 200 +/- seating?) but I didn’t actually get to go up and shake his hand or anything. Hey, wouldn’t concerts count too in that respect? And while we are at it, how big does a person have to be in order to be a celeb? I think I have met a couple comic book artists and authors at various conventions or book signings (had dinner with bell hooks, is she a celeb?) so do they count? Hey, my five I say Bruce Campbell counts but concerts don’t.

4. Would you want to be famous? Why or why not?

No. I like my anonymity. If I were famous I’d live somewhere where people wouldn’t expect me to be just so if they saw me they would do that hesitant “Hey, that’s boo! But wait, really, why the heck would boo be in Podunk Town when boo is all famous and such? Heh, well I almost feel dumb. Right, boo in Podunk Town. Man though, that person sure does look like boo. Creepy!” Really, who expects Russell Crowe to be hanging in Criddersville, Ohio? You don’t so if you see someone who looks like Russell Crowe you don’t automatically assume it is Senior Crowe because of the local. If you were in Hollywood, sure it’d be Crowe.

5. If you had to trade places with a celebrity for a day, who would you choose and why?

Ooo, one of the Pixar dudes because they have the coolest job. I’d love working with computer animation. Are they celebs? Their outfit certainly is. Hey! Maybe a famous explorer dude like Jaques Cousteau (but not dead-maybe one of his kids, they are celebs still right?) or Jane Goodall so I could work with chimps. That’d be fun!

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