The next morning, I looked at the text message again and it finally hit me: Christopher McDonald, the actor who plays Shooter McGavin...the antagonist character from the Adam Sandler film, Happy Gilmore! But what on earth was the connection? I texted Annie back and got this response: "I walked up to him on 59th Street and said, 'Hi, my name is Anne and I loved you in Happy Gilmore!' He said, 'Thanks Anne.' We shook hands."
The funniest aspect of this, in my opinion, is that Christopher McDonald has been in 85 films to date, most of which are probably serious works of art that required a great deal of dramatic acting skill. But my guess is that, just like this interaction with Annie, he probably gets recognized most for his role as a complete schmuck in the aforementioned 1996 Adam Sandler slapstick. I'm sure he just loves that!
This isn't the first time that Annie has run into a celebrity in New York. Several years ago, I came home to a message on my answering machine that said something to the effect of "Hey Alan, guess what? I ran into Derek Jeter today!" Now, mind you, my cousin cares nothing for baseball and knows very little of the men who play the game for a living. Any time I even reference the subject around her, she goes into a state of deep hypnosis. And now, she's not only running into Derek Jeter, but also recognizing him and even stopping him for a photo op?
My cousin Annie (right) and her friend, along with Yankee bum Derek Jeter.
Oddly enough, it was Annie who first spotted Jeter on the street. Either that, or she was the first one who had the guts to approach him. After that picture was taken he was mobbed by fans, at which point Annie and her friend took off in a blaze of glory.
I asked Annie what her secret was...how she always ends up running into high profile people. She responded, "I've always got my eyes roaming in NYC. I love seeing and meeting celebs!"
That got me thinking as to how many celebrities I might have unknowingly walked right past throughout my lifetime. I guess I've got to start "roaming" with my eyes a little more.