Monday, May 12, 2008

Hello, I must be going and my Clive Owen Encounter

Sorry, I'm about to undergo a massive life change as I leave New York for at least a year for a fellowship program in Los Angeles. The good news is that this blog is going nowhere and I will continue to update. Plus being in LA means that I am at the heart of the movie making world. Well, maybe not quite the dead center because New York certainly has it's share of filmmakers and actors that can be seen around town all the time. Which bring me to the subject of this post. So the other night I went to a farewell dinner with some friends at one of my favorite places downtown Westville East (gotta love the combination of a paradoxical name and market fresh vegetables). Once we're seated one of my friends says "Hey I just saw that guy, the guy from Sin City going to the bathroom." I love my friends but we love to mess with each other so several of us think it's bull right away. We run through a bunch of actors who it could be. "Clive Owen?" I ask, "Yeah, that's it." Sure enough several moments later in a suit (sans tie) strides out the greatest tough-guy actor of our generation. Clive Owen is every bit as cool live as he is on the big screen. He's also huge, the guy is tall and looks just completely bad-ass. I don't think anyone else noticed he was there, or maybe it was the fact that it's New York and nothing phases us he was left alone. But man oh man do I love Clive Owen. His CV isn't flawless but he's shown up and done a splendid job in Closer, Shoot 'Em Up and one of the best movies of the decade Children of Men.

7 comments:

Football Chick said...

oh. my. god. i assume you gave him my number, i'll make sure my cell is on.

loridimai said...

Oh lucky you!!!!I wish I was at your place... anyway ... didn't you say anything to him?

elaine said...

congrats on your fellowship program! if you need any food recommendations, let me know. my dad worked for the city of LA and loves to eat. nothing fancy, just hole in the wall places.

El Gigante said...

Wow, word to the wise, if you write the words "Clive Owen encounter" you will get a BILLION hits online. And yet Shoot 'Em Up was a flop. Stupid internet, why don't you make sense. Elaine, thank you for the thank you but I in fact grew up in LA so this is more like coming home. Thanks for looking out for me though.

El Gigante said...

My policy about seeing the famous is that I will only engage them in conversation if they're not busy. Standing in line or in the street (which is how I got to talk to Elijah Wood and Dylan Baker respectively) is ok but I wouldn't want to bother someone at a restaurant (Clive Owen, Ethan Suplee, Keanu Reeves, Bob Saget) or god forbid a movie theater (Bernadette Peters and Joel Grey-they were watching Enchanted, yes I'm still gushing).

Jannie said...

Is it true what they say about him being even more handsome in person than on film?

El Gigante said...

Ummm, it's about even.