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I should really be finishing my assignment, but... - Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet....
The heard word is lost, the written letter remains...
I should really be finishing my assignment, but...
Libby and I totally met RICHARD E. GRANT tonight. In person.

But first off, Wah Wah. Which was a beautiful film debut, and I recommend that everybody go and see it (obviously!). I fear this film won't get the awards it deserves, and it does deserve one or two for Gabriel Byrne and Nicholas Hoult's heart-wrenching performances as father and son. I think perhaps the fact that this is semi-autobiographical makes it even better to watch. There's so much care put into it. The shots of the Swaziland countryside, and the recreation of the last few years of the British colonial rule are remarkable. Costuming, the music, the entire atmosphere was so well done. I think I may recommend this to dad even, because some of the scenes reminded me a little of things he's discussed about his time in Papua New Guinea prior to independence.

Anyway. Gorgeous film. REG came into the theatre after it finished and there was q&a for half an hour, which was enlightening. As a person, REG is a complete sweetheart. I mentioned earlier that we had crap seats at the front to the side, and one of the first things he did was look over at us at the far end and ask if we wanted to come and sit in the vacant seats in front of him. The answer to which was obviously Yes, please!, and then the questions and discussion got underway. REG is very funny and frank, not at all fake and quite down-to-earth, very much the way he comes across in his books. He talked about the whole filmmaking process and the problems he ran into, his family, and other things that I can't remember off the top of my head (but did include lesbian Yugoslavian nuns).

And when the q&a finished, he did some book signing. So having bought a copy of The Wah Wah Diaries in the interval, I queued, along with Libby and her aunt (who tipped us off that REG was actually going to be there in the first place! So much kudos to her.). And REG was still lovely as ever, even when confronted with a huge queue of fans. And he was even kind enough to let people take his picture, myself included. We made a bit of chit chat with him while he signed the books, and I mentioned that dad had worked in a similar situation and he said that he'd heard a number of people relating his experience in Swaziland to other British colonies (ah, British colonialism. The same anywhere you go!). T'was nice. And he put his arm around me in the picture, and I mercifully stayed calm and was not a squealing fangirl at all (which is a big thanks to Libby and her ability to be sensible in situations like this).

Alright, so I have evil red vampire eyes there. But look at him. Gaaaah. He's actually a lot shorter in person than I imagined, but that's always the nature of celebrities, isn't it? They're either shorter or taller than you think.

My signed front page. Look, it's my name! Spelt correctly too (He even checked. Like I said, isn't he a sweetheart?).

So, much fangirl joy there. Go and see Wah Wah, people. Not only is it a wonderful film, but the profits are going being donated to charities in Swaziland who are helping to curb the AIDs epidemic which has sadly emerged in the country.

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severa From: severa Date: June 8th, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have mentioned my utter loathing for you, yes?

Well, I will mention it again.

still omg that is so fraekin cool!
inkysweet From: inkysweet Date: June 8th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
*chokepoint* O.o ... Oh my giddy aunt! You are so so lucky.

>.> I swear Great Britian is hogging all the cute British actors...totally not fair. Closest I'll ever get to seeing REG in the midwest is my sweet sweet DVD collection.
classics_lover From: classics_lover Date: June 8th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

I totally would not be able to remain calm, so fair play to you! ;-)

*utter jealousy*
dives From: dives Date: June 8th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
!!! That is so. cool.

Re: shortness vs. tallness, isn't REG about 6'2"? I think he always looks taller because he's way skinny.
thousand_miles From: thousand_miles Date: June 8th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Looks cool! He does seem familiar. Is het an actor also? If so in which 'big' movies did he play? Or am I just totally wrong here?

And congrats on your fangirl squeal moment! Still haven't had mine yet with any of my favourite actors/writers/people... :SIGH:
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: June 9th, 2006 07:44 am (UTC) (Link)
He is. He has a pretty extensive body of work as a character actor, so you're bound to have seen him in something. He doesn't tend to do big budget films, but he was in 'Dracula' with Gary Oldman, 'Gosford Park' with a whole host of British actors and did a voice for 'Corpse Bride'. Oh, and he played Mycroft Holmes in 'A Case of Evil', which also starred your favourite, Vincent D'Onofrio. :)
thousand_miles From: thousand_miles Date: June 9th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know you mention those movies and still they don't ring a bell. Really strange because well... he seems so familiar. Mmm... and even though he played in a movie with my hubbie(as I like to call him on some days. One might call them my pathetic days...) it still doesn't ring a bell because I haven't seen that because. Mmmmm... need to look on imbd or whatever the site is called.
thousand_miles From: thousand_miles Date: June 9th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know now, he's from Jack and Sarah. I saw him in that movie and that where I remembered him from! YEAH! Finally now I know...
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