December 06, 2005

Video Killed the Video Star

Wil Wheaton comments on this story about HDTV, the beautiful people, and make up:

When I was heavily involved in promotional appearances for things like Star Trek, I was constantly amazed by the celebrities I'd meet in green rooms. Some of the most beautiful women on television were absolute gargoyles without the right lighting and make-up, and just about every leading man in the industry was much shorter, more balding, and closer to average than anyone would ever expect.
Posted by Dr. Frank at December 6, 2005 02:11 AM | TrackBack

This is true, I remember when I met Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant. These guys were listed as 6ft8in and 7ft4in respectively and I at 6ft5in was taller than Hogan and Andre was only a bit taller than I. On the converse, I met Larry Bird as well and he is listed at 6ft9in and there is absolutlely NO WAY he was only 4 inches taller than I. He was at least 7ft.

Posted by: Zaphod at December 6, 2005 02:56 AM

A few years back I was in front of the actor that played Mr. Bently on The Jefferson's...ehh, he was about what I expected.

Posted by: Mike at December 6, 2005 03:33 PM

I got to hang out backstage with The Ramones on a number of occasions, and I can tell you that in person, Joey Ramones was exactly as tall and skinny as you'd expect him to be.
On the other hand, watching The Ramones hating each other up close was a bummer.

Posted by: Stig Fink at December 6, 2005 05:44 PM

I once saw Joe Pesci in New York.

Josh: Your Joe Pesci!

Joe Pesci: No shit.

That was awsome.

Posted by: josh at December 6, 2005 10:36 PM

That was a GREAT story Josh! I laughed out loud.

Posted by: Zaphod at December 6, 2005 11:01 PM

i met that guy, richard gere, they were filming that bee season movie down the street from my house (thats in berkeley), and so i was on my way to go downtown and he was just hanging out there so i went up and spoke with him a bit, hes not as handsom in person, not that he was ugly, but he just looked different.
another interesting story there:
the director was flamingly homosexual and he sees me whereing this very...hippiesk shirt made out of a bunch of colorful patches sewn togeather; and he comes up to me and says "oh i love your shirt! tell me you made it yourself!" well i didnt make it, its from an old hippie store called 'grandpa takes a trip'. so i tell him "no i didnt make it..." he responds "just tell me you made it." "alright, i made it myself." "i love it!" he says.
well i thought it was interesting anyways...

Posted by: Nick G. at December 7, 2005 02:38 AM

i was about 12 years old, rushing through LAX with my parents to catch a flight. in the heat of madness, i pulled my puffer (albuterol) from my pocket to take a couple of hits from it. while running, i dropped my puffer which collided with my running foot and slid across the polished floor. my whole family stopped to watch the inhaler sail across the room and hit frank gifford in the shoe. he stopped momentarily, looked down at the puffer, glanced overat me, and continued down the hall dissapearing into a sea of suits.

luke black.

Posted by: luke black at December 7, 2005 04:23 PM

i was about 12 years old, rushing through the airport to go with my family to Florida for Christmas vacation. I fell behind, and ran to catch up. Well, long story short, I ended up in New York City instead of Florida with my family. Damn you, tan-coat-like-my-dad guy!

Posted by: Matt Fantastic at December 7, 2005 07:23 PM

I once met Dr. Frank...but I didn't really know what he looked like. My husband said, "I think that guy that just walked by was Dr. Frank." When he walked by again I said, "Hey, are you Dr. Frank?" For some reason, I thought you would have an abnormally large head to hold your big brain, but your head looked normal. I guess you just think in small print.

Posted by: Amy 80 at December 7, 2005 11:27 PM


We were going to Paris, not Florida.


Posted by: skip at December 8, 2005 11:34 PM


Man, I was way off.

Also: Your girlfriend? WOOF!

Posted by: Matt Fantastic at December 10, 2005 10:43 PM

Buzz and Matt,

We were going to Paris when we left you beind, we were going to Florida when we you accidentally ended up in NY. I didn't see what happened the next time, but I think it might have been a different kid, anyway.

-The Guy from the Adverntures of Pete and Pete

Posted by: josh at December 12, 2005 08:45 PM

Man, I knew I was totally correct. Buzz, you suck!

Posted by: Matt Fantastic at December 14, 2005 06:08 PM