I knew this was going to be madness. I knew it was going to be futile. But still I headed down like Pavlov’s Dog. Scotty was with me as well. The event? A q and a for Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel.
Now, both are acting legends and you really don’t see them that often here in the states. So, it’s worth a shot.
I didn’t realize that there would be soooooo many people. I mean there were probably 60 people who showed up.
Yeah, if you’re thinking… Wow, that’s not going to go well… You would be right.
No one would organize, and one guy… ahem… who shall go unnamed kept saying that Michael Caine will only sign for five people, which in turn caused everyone to not want to line up. And so, it was insane.
Picture 60 collector’s clamoring around.
Michael Caine was the first to arrive and no one knew what they were in for. Security wasn’t prepared, I don’t even think I can put it into accurate words. He wasn’t out of the car and photos were flying. The man picked up the pen to sign and then got frustrated. Keep in mind, he’s 82 years old, so you know… He’s not as spry as he used to be.
He tried to sign and then things flew in his face, so then he stopped, and tried to push people out of the way to get to the door. A board’s corner bashed him in the eye as he was trying to get inside and the door was closed so he couldn’t get in. The open door was blocked by people.
So, everything then tried to make a line for Harvey Keitel because that didn’t go so well. Michael Caine actually TRIED to sign, he got about 10 things done, with really bad signatures.
When Harvey Keitel arrived he went by and apologized saying that it’s not conducive to signing and there are too many people. He apologized and went in.
He was so polite about it.
It was nuts, I have to tell you.
Scotty was going to leave, and a few others did. I told Scotty to stay because the q and a is over in 10 minutes and why not see what happens. Security said that they got “bitched out” for allowing Michael Caine to get hit by a board. And he wouldn’t sign again tonight.
On the way out, I was talking to Scotty and Jeff and we happened to be in the right spot, Michael Caine came out and here’s how nice he was being. After all that he said, “Okay, I’m going to sign one each, okay?”
He signed my Italian Job poster, and I ducked out so Scotty could get his Blame it on Rio poster done, he signed that and continued to sign until he was blocked from going to his car. I heard him yell, “You people are animals!”
There may have been a “Fucking animals!” in there, but I’m not sure.
I was thankful I got the one poster done and nicely. But let me tell you, it was nuts. Harvey Keitel again apologized and went to his car.
Until next time kids…