So in my small piece of the world, we often have film crews around. The summer in particular, sees many Chiacgo streets blocked and local residents fuming at not being able to park outside their own houses or get into their garages. Last winter, apparently, we had Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman at the end of my street filming the new Fockers movie, but since it was done around midnight, I wasn't inconvenienced. (It all sounds very glam, but in reality, you never see the big stars.)
Last Thursday we got a note through the door from a Twentieth Century Fox location manager saying they would be closing off the street for the whole day.They were filming a pliot of "Pleading Guilty" so my kids and I googled it. Jason Issacs. "Who's he?" they said. "Actually", I replied, "not only is he Malfoy's dad in Harry Potter (gasp) but I was at university with him". They were singularly unimpressed. I mean, he looked at least as old as me in the photos.
I called the location manager, who had left his number on the flyer - very unusual, I may have to stalk him for future shooting information. "Yes", he said", Jason will be here and you absolutely must come and see him". So I did.
It was bizarre. I hadn't seen the man for 25 years. He looked like Jason Isaacs but older. My age, in fact. (Bear in mind, he's not as well known in the States so I haven't seen photos of him over the years.) However, we soon got back into who we kept up with and what we had been doing. We studied Law but neither actually went into the field so had lost touch with a lot of our fellow lawyers.
I have to say he was a gentleman to the people who stayed till the end of the miserably cold shoot to talk to him and get his autograph. One women in particular, seemed to be one short of a six-pack (but very pleasant) and he didn't even make goofy faces at me about her. There were four little girls who had clearly been hanging around all day, and he greeted them like friends, sought out paper for them and signed personal autographs to all of them.
Another day in the small world of an expat!