||[Nov. 22nd, 2005|03:54 am]
So I was having a typically crappy day at work, with no projectionist and my Chief of Staff (they're the ones that handle all the stocking and inventory) out sick. While I was counting down the concession register, one of my staff (Ben, of the band Bottom Line) asks me: "Have you ever seen that movie Napoleon Dynamite?" So I of course answer yes.
Him: "Well I swear that the guy who plays Pedro is in theater 5 watching Get Rich or Die Tryin'."
Me: "What?! No way. Why would he be watching a movie in Huntington Beach?"
Him: "I don't know, but I swear to god it was him. Go in there and look."
So I go in the theater under the guise of doing a theater check. There are only about 6 people in there, and it's easy to spot the person Ben was talking about, sitting near the back with what must have been his girlfriend. So I get a look at the guy, but he doesn't look anything like I remember Pedro looking. So I go back out into the lobby and tell Ben he's crazy. Since I couldn't remember the Pedro's real name, I decided to IMDB it. So I found Efren Ramirez and along with his info there was a recent picture. It turns out he's got long hair now and without the mustache, looks completely different!
Well I couldn't let this opportunity pass without doing something. I didn't know if it was him or not, but I was willing to make a fool of myself to find out. So I waited until just before the end of the movie, and then went in there with a broom and dust pan (I didn't want to look like I was waiting for them, even though I was, but I didn't want to look like it!) =). The credits started to roll and everyone left the theater except the two I was waiting for. I was standing in the back and I don't think they saw me because the girl got up and started dancing to the music lol. While doing that I think she noticed me standing there and said something to her boyfriend. Shortly after that, they both got up and started to walk out past me. They told me to have a goodnight and were heading out the door. I almost didn't say it but right as he was opening the door I turned and said "Are you Efren?" He stopped dead in his tracks and turned and looked at me astounded. His girlfriend sort of chuckled and just said "Yeah..." So I'm like "The actor?" (This was probably a dumb thing to say, but it's not everyday I confront possible famous people!) He just responded, again with an astounded look, "Yeah." I'm just like "That's awesome!" hehe. So I asked him to sign the only thing I could think of, my Mann Theatres Manager name tag. His girlfriend thought this was really funny and then she made the comment "Luckeeee" lol. I thanked him and shook his hand again and they walked away and went in and pretended to clean the theater. I forgot to even look at the tag after he signed it, so I looked down and laughed to read "Vote for Pedro...Efren Ramirez". After a few minutes, I ran into the couple again and they asked where the bathroom was lol. On their way out another theater had gotten out and there was probably 10 people in the lobby with them but no one noticed. They both told me to have a good night and left. LOL! How crazy is that! It really made a crappy night a hell of a lot better! Of course I wound up not getting out until 3:00 a.m. because the inventory was so jacked but who cares! =)
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