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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Three Signatures and One Sale by finnguy on 3 May 2005 10:25am
OK, we all know that Michael's book-signings are a huge success - people queuing for hours with not everyone getting to see him etc.

But has anyone experienced the opposite?

About ten years ago the British actor Simon Callow wrote a hefty biography of Orson Welles. As part of the book tour he did a signing at Waterstone's in Belfast. At the time he was probably most famous for his role as Gareth in 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'. My friend and I went along hoping that, in between signing copious copies of his book (which at 25 pounds we had no real desire to buy), he might find time to sign our FWaaF merchandise (in his case, a copy of the screenplay, and in my case, the video sleeve).

We turned up around ten minutes before the hour-long appearance was due to start - no queue. We hung around in the store until, at the appointed time, Simon emerged from the back room with his agent and the store manager. He took a seat at a desk piled with copies of his book, and waited. And waited...

And waited some more. Eventually, after about 40 minutes, one lady turned up, bought the book, got it signed (didn't even chat!), and went on her way.

Not wanting to waste our opportunity, my friend and I sidled up and in a rather embrassed way asked if he could sign our items. Which he did, although you could tell he wasn't over the moon about it.

We hung around the shop until the end of the session just to confirm that during it he signed a total of three autographs, and only one of those was on his new book. A very funny memory for us both, but probably not for poor Simon.

For anyone familiar with 'This Is Spinal Tap' it was pretty much like the scene where Spinal Tap do an appearance at a record store and no fans turn up - classic!

(Just noticed in imdb.com that Simon Callow did the voice of Phileas Fogg in a 1999 animated version of 'Around the World in 80 Days'.)
Re: Three Signatures and One Sale by odd_un on 3 May 2005 12:40pm
hehe oh bless him i bet he was actually very glad to see you there, some support for him in, lets face it, what sounds like his time of need.*giggling*
Re: Three Signatures and One Sale by harvey123 on 3 May 2005 4:09pm
lol..chrikey ~ i bet he kicked his agent up the bum for that one..he must have been mortified..i'm sure he wished the ground would swallow him whole!
Re: Three Signatures and One Sale by kazzzz on 3 May 2005 4:39pm
Aww that's sad :(
On a similar topic my friend was working in the gym i go to and she asked a man in the gym if he knew how to use the equipment..and the man was Shane Heal the Olympic basketball player....he gave her a funny look and confirmed that yes he did indeed know how to use a treadmill!
Re: Three Signatures and One Sale by Diamond on 3 May 2005 10:57pm
I like simon callow he was brilliant in Shakespeare in Love - thats a good film to watch but who the heck is orson welles!!!

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