I’m Nathan, and this is how I roll…respectfully.
I like a lot of celebrities, and I admit it. There are quite a few I’d like to meet, but thus far, I haven’t met any. (Though I do have an autographed picture of beautiful stage actress Megan Hilty displayed proudly on my wall.) More importantly, I’ve wanted to watch a movie be filmed my entire life.
A few have been filmed here in Pittsburgh. I was too young for some – “Silence of the Lambs,” “Robocop.” I was uninterested in the cast of others – “Mothman Prophecies.” But it’s still always been a dream of mine.
That said, there’s a movie filming in the area right now called “Abduction.” Its cast consists of a few people I really like – Alfred Molina, for starters, a.k.a. Dr. Octopus in “Spider-man 2.” And, more importantly, the lead is Taylor Lautner, most famous for playing Jacob Black the werewolf in the “Twilight” series. It also stars Lily Collins from “The Blind Side” and Jason Isaacs, whom I love as Lucius Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” series.
This would be an incredibly cool thing to watch, and I would absolutely love to meet some of these actors and get pictures and autographs.
But they are still people. They deserve respect. Which is why I can’t for the life of me understand the mobs of girls and women who all but attack these people, Taylor Lautner specifically. I mean, to the point where police turn people away. I get that they think he’s “incredibly hot” and all, but when you’re screaming in his face and trying to tear his shirt off (assuming he’s wearing one – I mean, I have seen the “Twilight” movies), you’re not going to endear yourself to him. And if he can’t come talk to you while you’re there, chill out. He doesn’t owe it to you. He’s here working, not here to socialize.
I, myself, would like to actually have a brief conversation with these people. Their craft fascinates me. Working in the post-production end of things, I still haven’t really gotten to see (aside from DVD bonus features) the production end. I admire their work (both the cast and the crew).
Now, I have no idea if I’ll actually get to. I intend to try. The way my luck goes, I probably won’t. But it’s an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often. And if I do, I won’t be mobbing them. Won’t be fighting and clawing my way through a crowd so that I can scream in someone’s face and not actually be able to hear anything. Whether you’re 12, 20, 50, or 100, you’re still capable of respecting people.
After all, we want people to enjoy Pittsburgh, not avoid it at all costs. And if we act like we’re crazy, they won’t come back. Doesn’t mean we’re not crazy, mind you. But we don’t have to act like it.
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