Thursday, March 25, 2010

Moby Dick rides a spaceship

I've had a few celebrity sightings in my life. There was Pauly Shore in Hawaii. Topanga (of Boy Meets World fame) in Vegas. Hugh Grant and Colin Firth (for whom we canceled class during a study abroad) in London's Hyde Park. But none were quite so memorable as the time I saw Danny Glover ride a viking spaceship.

About a month ago, a huge viking ship came driving down the street and took up residence in the parking lot where I work. There is a film studio just a few miles south of our office, so we figured they were cooking up some crazy Scandinavian pirate movie. Then my coworkers started doing a little research, and we found out it was so much crazier than we thought.

They were filming a sci-fi version of Moby Dick, except Captain Ahab (Danny Glover) is looking for a white dragon instead of a whale. Turns out the warehouse next to us is made up of a couple of huge green screens, making our parking lot the perfect backdrop for a futuristic drama. It was so bizarre--they were filming on the ship, but there were trees in the background (maybe in the future trees grow in the sea?), and it was snowing like crazy, and you could only turn on your car to drive home if it was in between shots.

Not that I was trying to get out. Oh no. I was standing at the window closest to the action, with my face pressed against the glass, trying to get Danny's attention and wishing I had brought my camera. (And considering how dark it was outside, and how well lit our office is, I'm pretty sure the entire cast saw me and my coworkers gawking there.)

So sure, it's low budget, and, yeah, it will probably flop when it comes out. But this movie, I gotta see.

p.s. post your best celebrity sightings in the comments!


Shannon said...

Ok that is hilarious. I mean Danny Glover is pretty cool and all, but the movie premise sounds horrible.

Also, I am jealous that you got a glimpse of Colin Firth live and in the flesh. My biggest celebrity sighting was Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick in NYC.

Shewi128 said...

That sounds WEIRD.

My one and only celebrity sighting was Susan Sarandon with her kids at disneyland.

Tara said...

Umm... I saw Ed Smart at the airport in January, does that count?

That is maybe the weirdest experience I've ever read about on a blog. hahaha I'm chuckling to myself just imagining you looking out the window to see something like that. So awesome.

Alyson said...

Saw Brooke Shields in a movie theatre once, and some of the Glee kids at Disneyland. Oh and also Topanga. That H&M will always be a magical place for me now.