I love me some HBO. It’s like a restaurant or a bar where you know they only have the good stuff. Their body of work to date has been impressive : Sopranos, True Detective, Band of Brothers, and of course, The Wire (the best thing I’ve ever watched on TV, with Breaking Bad coming a close second). I could go on and on about the other shows on HBO, but I wanted to talk about the latest thing, which is Game of Thrones.
And given the recent turn of events, it triggered a memory about a year ago when I was flying from London to Barcelona when I saw someone familiar on the plane. It was Tywin Lannister.
He looked as if he didn’t want to be disturbed and he had the same displeased bitchy-resting-face as the picture above. And now I know actor’s name is Charles Dance. But I didn’t know it at the time. He looks roughly the same in real life, except for hair that looks like it was in a pony tail at one point but had escaped.
I wanted to say hello to him but really debated whether I should or not. This is after a 12 hour transatlantic flight with a cast member of the TV show Glee sitting pretty close to me.
I’m from Los Angeles, so I know a thing or two about approaching celebrities.
Here are the rules:
Don’t approach celebrities. Just don’t. They don’t want to be bothered. And really it’s a reflection on who you are as a person. You are just too cool and INSOUCIANT to be bothering “celebrities” — I mean, right? (There was a time when I had to quiet down an out of town friend who was freaking about seeing Kiefer Sutherland a few years ago at a local restaurant. I told him to be cool because that’s what Angelenos do and PLUS Kiefer is just totally TV y’know?)
2) Know their names.
I think this was a bigger issue before smart phones. But I was on an airplane, arriving in Spain, so I had a slew of reasons why I didn’t google the actor that plays Tywin Lannister and see that he has a pretty impressive resume. Royal Shakespeare Company fools. Let me emphasize, I did not know his actual name.
3) Know a few of their earlier works.
Again, see number 2.
4) Don’t approach after a plane flight
Granted it was a two hour flight from London to Barcelona, but who likes to fly these days? I am probably the most anti-social right after an airplane flight. He didn’t look happy — almost angry, like he would kill babies or bang his son’s true love. You know, ruthless.
So with all the above being said, I did approach him as we were deplaning — we were sitting roughly in the same area. The exchange went something like this:
Me: Are you who I think you are?
Tywin Lannister/Charles Dance: WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Yeah, he was pretty furious. He stormed off.
Tywin: 1 Me: 0
And I will say this in hindsight, I was totally in the wrong. But man oh man, I don’t think it was much of a push for him to play Tywin.
I’m team Tyrion.