I had the recent pleasure of meeting you a little over a week ago. Since then, I have enjoyed your newest film Iron Man 2. One of the many things I love about living in NYC is being able to bump into talented individuals such as yourself. You came to my work to hang out with kids who have cancer and I figured you would be in, get your pics, and out in 15 minutes.
Surprisingly, you stayed for over an hour and made sure each kid got a pic, signature, and personal interaction with the real Iron Man. One kid exclaimed, “He’s (Iron Man) real.” I must admit I reflect the same sentiment, you’re real, a real grounded and engaging person.
The staff wouldn’t admit it, but we were hanging around hoping we might get a chance to chat with you as well. Your handler lady said, “Let’s get one group staff picture.” You weren’t having that. You said in your most authoritative Tony Stark voice, “Now let me tell you how this is going to go. I want an individual picture with each and every one of you. Let’s start a line and I’m going to begin with you (me!).” You asked me my name and I managed to say it and you said, “It’s nice to meet you, Katie.” The professional photographer snapped a picture of us and I said “Can I get a copy of that?” You said, “Make sure she gets a copy of that and bill it to Paramount.”
— from Katie, who met RDJ in May 2010 when he visited the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders in NYC (her open letter to RDJ; via Crushable)
Hello. I’m Neil Gaiman, I’m a multi-award-winning author of lots and lots and lots of different things, lots of awards. So when I heard that I won the SFX Screenwriting Award for Excellence for my Doctor Who episode The Doctor’s Wife, my reaction was just… Actually, what I was really just trying to say, was, Thank You. So much.
Sometimes you’re sitting alone in your kitchen, having just made pasta from scratch (gummy but salty like the sea, and therefore entirely edible in big forkfuls) and pouring yourself a second glass of some big, tannic red, and you think, gosh, what I’d like so much right now is for Maggie Gyllenhaal to come on the screen and talk to me for a few minutes about how orgasms work. And then the world delivers.
HE DOES A SHATNER IMPRESSION. A SHATNER IMPRESSION. He also talks about his experiences with bipolar disorder, coming out of the closet, and working with Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson. This is well worth watching.
On the set of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, there was a little boy supposed to shoot Sulu’s big scene with George Takei; however, the boy’s mother was hovering so badly that the boy was a silent, nervous wreck. When Leonard was made aware of the situation, he had two AD’s distract the mother, and, as Takei explained,
“Clad in the robe he wore throughout the movie, Leonard got on his knees in front of the boy, smiled, then pointed at George, asking ‘Do you know this man?’ The kid grinned a little, nodded, and…now, right before our eyes, Leonard miraculously transforms from a curmudgeon to cheerleader. He starts bopping up and down, smiling like crazy, tousling the kid’s hair, trading high fives, and by the time he’s called back to set, Leonard’s performance has left the kid laughing.”
I’m a supporter of gay rights. And not a closet supporter either. From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community. There are so many qualities that make up a human being… by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant.