Thursday, July 27, 2006

Letterman, Insanity and Johnny Depp on a sunny Thursday afternoon

When I began celebrity "stalking" last year many people told me there were two celebrities to meet as they love their fans and would sign for all of them. One of them was Tom Cruise who I met in May and was very appreciative of his fans, and sure enough signed for everyone. The other was Johnny Depp. I arranged to leave work early as I heard it was going to be crowded. I was shocked when I turned the corner of 53rd Street at 4pm and saw this crowd.Johnny Depp arrives around 4:15PM; he poses for the photographers and then runs into Letterman for the 4:30PM taping.The crowds became so enormous that the police closed the street and set up barricades in this formation. This could only mean one thing I thought, Johnny would attempt to sign for everyone. At about 5PM a women faints from the heat and the crush of people.An ambulance comes, and blocks the view of the crowd. They began to scream and riot. The ambulance later moved a hundred feet up the street, and the poor women was helped to the ambulance and it waited in case anyone else passed out. 5:15PMThe crowd eagerly awaits for Johnny to come out - 5:25PM (fan's and many dealers or as I like to refer to them - autograzzi's as calls them; if you have been reading my blog for awhile you know how I feel about them. They are very aggressive and will crush the living life out of you to get their photo, poster etc signed, I know my back is killing me)Johnny in the middle of signing for the crowd. He has now reached the area where I would guess at least 40% of the mother f***king, blood sucking, evil bastard autograzzi's were (at least 30% of the scumbags were behind me, complaining that they were just there trying to make a living, as I warned them that I didn't want any of their products blocking my photos) Later I heard that the police and Mr. Depp's handlers would take some of the autograzzi's photos and ripped them up if they hit Johnny in the head. Those damn AUTOGRAZZI's, you can see the top of Johnny's head as he inches closer to my realm of reality. At this point a policeman yells at the guy to my left to move backwards because he was pushing me into the women that was standing in front of me who in turn was being pushed up against the police gate. He then pushed the autograzzi backwards and tells him that he is banned from Letterman for now on. Along the way Johnny got hot and he took off his coat. I don't know if you can tell from this photo, but his t-shirt has moth holes in it. Do you think it is a designer brand and he bought it that way? Johnny Depp sweats right in front of me. I know my friend Margaret Cooley would have loved to have been right where I am standing, but I don't know if she would have shown as much restraint as I did - LOL Thanks to my friend Simon who remained in the Professional Photographers pit, as Johnny went in to the show, and captured this photo. I think his clothing was inspired by his pirate movie, don't you? According to Autograph Collector Magazine, Johnny Depp has the write stuff when it comes to signing autographs while Cameron Diaz is the worst. Depp, followed by George Clooney, then Tom Cruise topped the magazine's 14th annual survey of Hollywood's best and worst signers.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hugh!!!! You totally rule!!!!!

Props to you for braving the throngs of Deppmaniacs! They are a formidable group, to be sure!

Love you as always but the Depp fan in me loves you just a little more this morning :-)


7/28/2006 5:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was the woman who fainted while waiting for Johnny to come back out after taping the show. So I lost my spot, lost my Newsweek magazine that I wanted Johnny to sign and I never really got a good glimpse of him. I traveled 5 hours to get there, waited almost 5 hours in the sweltering heat, had to endure the constant "conversation" among 3 guys behind me (who were there "on business" to get Johnny's autograph) when every other word seemed to be an obscenity or something vulgar. One of the 3 was the one who was arrested.
On a good note, my sister and nephews were elsewhere in the city but came back to meet up with me; when they learned it was me who was in the ambulance, my nephew was able to work himself up to the front and was able to get a picture of Johnny. I also had the CD inserts from Pirates and Chocolat with me, so I passed one over to my nephew and he was able to get Johnny's autograph as well. And other than those guys, everyone else around me was nice; as well as the EMT guys---at least I got their picture!!---and the two kind ladies that attended to me until the ambulance came.

I have mixed feelings about my experience---not because I fainted; I know the solution for that-MORE WATER!! I have never done anything like this before, but I admire Johnny so much and my sister was willing to do the driving, so it seemed to be the opportune moment to get my Newsweek signed and hopefully have a chance to see Johnny up close and personal. I would still love to do that. But those 3 guys really spoiled it for me (and maybe I'm naive) and on the drive home I wondered if I could go through that again. But this morning, after reading some of the other posts here, I think I would give it another go.

7/28/2006 11:46 AM  
Blogger Miss Kitty said...

Yum-my! That man gets finer with age.

7/28/2006 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in London, UK and have been lucky enough to meet Johnny 4 times, twice in a more private setting and twice outside premieres in a smililar situation to yesterday's. We have the same problem with dealers (I love your word for them), they push, they shove, they dont care about the fans, and they make things almost impossible for real fans to get their chance. I've even seen them hit or kick the stars if they're not happy with the 'service' they're getting. Johnny's always too nice to them and signs for them, I sometimes think he should do as other stars do now and refuse to sign for them altogether, although that may make them even more ravenous.

7/28/2006 5:57 PM  
Blogger Fam of four said...

My sister was the one who fainted and left a previous comment. This was my first experience, waiting for a major celebrity like Johnny Depp, although we've had the opportunity to get autographs and pictures of some Broadway stars. Although I didn't stand for five hours (my sons and I went to Chinatown and to visit Trinity Church), it doesn't take long to be disgusted by the "autograzzi's." My son, who was able to obtain the autograph and also get some close up shots, is clearly visible in one of your pictures. I have posted the pictures he took of Johnny Depp on our family photo blog - You'll also catch several pictures of my sister with my sons - (pictures taken after she fainted - she looks good & fully recovered). She said we're doing this again, but next time, we will be a little more savvy about those autograph hounds.

7/31/2006 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was there also. I am holding out a bottle of wine for him to sign and he did. I am hoping someone has a picture of the "Wine wench" because all I can find is one of my hand holding the bottle in front of him. Pleeaassee!

9/17/2006 9:06 PM  
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