Since I do movie reviews in San Diego, I sometimes take note of autograph scenes in movies. I highly recommend you AVOID going to see the movie “mother!” I know, it has a great cast (Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson) and a talented director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler, Pi). It’s horrible. But, there was a bizarre autograph scene.
Bardem plays a well-known poet who has writers block. When he finally gets inspired to write again (due to his wife getting pregnant), people start showing up at his house asking to take photos with him, and asking him to sign copies of his books and his photos. He happily obliges, despite the anger of his wife at their quaint life being disruptive by all the visitors.
Now, a weirder autograph story, and it’s something I noticed a lot of lately. A local newscaster in San Diego was interviewing a famous actor, who was doing a private screening of his movie on a military base for the soldiers. They did a quick clip of her interviewing him, as well as some fans that showed up, What the news also showed was her getting a selfie and autograph from him. Now...I understand the autograph part. I’m a collector. But when I interview the talent, or see them at a party or event, I make sure I do it on the downlow. If I do it at all. I certainly wouldn’t let it be filmed and shown on TV. Think about how many veterans or military personnel were probably there that didn’t get an autograph or picture.
And that leads me to the show “Extra!” They were at a screening of the new Tom Cruise movie “American Made” the other night. Reporter AJ Calloway was having Cruise sign the movie poster for him, and was dumb enough to say, “This is great! I got De Niro to sign one, Denzel, and now you!”
Again, somebody that works for a national show should be above doing that. And anybody getting an autograph, should be smart enough to refrain from sharing with the celeb that you’ve gotten so many other stars signatures, too. Perhaps instead you butter them up, and say something like, “I’ve wanted your autograph on a movie poster since I was a teenager and had the Top Gun poster in my room.”