So this is how this goes

~ by Servetus on February 19, 2019.

27 Responses to “So this is how this goes”

  1. They are all men! Richard will not sign the blank paper or the blue sheet? He is besieged lol
    But he keeps his cool.

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    • I’m pretty sure if he said no, they’d go away and airport people would support that. But he’s pretty polite, considering the circumstances.

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  2. Hey, he does have male fans 😛 That surprises me the most. Should I know where/when this is? Thanks, Serv.

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  3. How awful, no fans there only guys planning to make some bucks.

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  4. Somehow it’s really hard to watch (for me). Not a single woman in sight. Obviously a very, very male business! Are they all allowed inside the airport security / baggage claim area ?

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    • Yes, non-passengers are allowed at baggage claim because this area is not secure. The secure area ends shortly before baggage claim. There’s been a lot of discussion about this lately due to a mass shooting that occurred in baggage claim in Florida (iirc). It’s not illegal to carry a gun there.

      That said, I’m guessing that the Park City people are experienced with this particular situation as it happens every year, once a year. Like I said I’m relatively certain that if he said, firmly, I’m not signing today, that they’d leave him alone and the airport people would be watching.

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  5. I like his comment, “I could be here all night”. My question is, do these guys know what flight celebs will be taking? I can’t imagine they stand around all day with pics of RA, waiting for him to show up. It does seem like a polite crowd, though. Lots of thank yous

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    • It would be illegal for an airline employee to give out that information, but there are other potential leaks — someone sees him on a flight or in a departure lounge or even in a cab, etc., and calls a friend. I think in this case it’s probably that it’s the day before Sundance starts and people hang out in arrivals knowing that they’ll spot anyone who isn’t flying in on a private jet. They probably make lists of people they are looking for to prepare.

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    • oh, the other thing — I’ve only observed this in person in London, never in the US — but they know their trade is contingent on the good will of the participants. I haven’t looked recently but the last time I looked they were getting $70 for these autographs on eBay. So it’s probably not in anyone’s interest to get super aggressive (even if yeah, the situation looks a little anxious).

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  6. I think they stake out the airport for more than one celebrity at a time. They probably have a lot of photos of people expected to arrive to choose from, and when a particular famous person shows up, they are ready to go. Maybe. It would be really funny to see what they would do if two celebs got off the same flight. Would there be a stampede towards one or the other? Could they make enough money off of just RA stuff? I don’t know how much they charge for his autograph. No wonder he was surprised when asked to sign the back of a Guylty shrine. I imagine he doesn’t get the opportunity to autograph many of those.

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    • I think that’s true (waiting for celeb arrivals). What they go for varies — I think the high is about $90. It depends a bit on the objected autographed. If it’s rare (a Hobbit poster or collector’s card or something) it’s more.

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  7. That was uncomfortable. It must be a low point of being a star – the poor guy can’t even collect his luggage without being besieged. At least when he meets fans their excitement might make it better for him but I can’t help thinking he must find this both excruitiating and really annoying. After all, 95% of those autographs are going to be sold on.

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  8. I think I’d pay someone 20 bucks to pick up my luggage and go hide somewhere if I were him

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    • This was a super-weird situation — I wonder if he also had to pick up excess baggage (skiing gear). Normally one could fly for a weekend with a carryon and have all the extra clothing from the premier delivered directly to the hotel.

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      • and he had clothes there he picked up off the rack at that one place we saw in the photos to wear – he must have known in advance because I’m thinking he would need a tall size. That red plaid jacket ….. fond memories. Maybe they arranged ski equipment to be available there for him – I’m sure Sundance would have whatever gear he preferred using.

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  9. I have to say I admire his patience! I honestly couldn’t do, also because I would probably have a panic attack if I was crowded in like that. Watching the video makes me really uncomfortable.

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  10. At a place like Sundance they probably hang around the airport to see who will be coming in. He seems such a good guy about it all. Must take a lot of patience, however, it is the price you pay for being in the industry. It goes along with the job. He seems to handle it quite well.

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    • Hmmmm. I don’t think it should be part of the job though. Fair enough that paps might photograph you coming into the arrivals lounge but not when you are trying to collect your baggage. He’s chosen to be in the public eye but I think there should be more respect for the public/ private boundaries and to paraphrase Julia Roberts “ he’s just guy standing in front of a carousel praying his luggage got on the right plane”.

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      • These guys aren’t paparazzi. Their business is dependent on his good will. I don’t love this practice but there’s a market for it (I know of at least two house-bound fans who have received items like this from loved ones and were thrilled), and I’ve also personally observed him say no to one of these people in London, so he’s capable of saying no if he wants. (We’ve also all seen video-tape of him explicitly agreeing to do it, in NYC.) It’s not illegal or immoral, he’s not being coerced, and every job has some negative externalities.

        Personally, if it were me (and I’m not speaking for him, I have no idea what he thinks about this), I would much rather do this for fifteen minutes while waiting for baggage than spend an hour posing for photographs at a convention.

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        • I know they aren’t paparazzi – they are autograph sellers who, like paparazzi, make a living out of selling things associated with celebrities. Personally i would rather be photographed coming into arrivals than have bits of paper thrust at me for 15 minutes when I’m trying to get my luggage and get away after a flight. I suppose it comes down to whether you think he was in the public sphere or not – he was on his way to a work event but does that constitute ‘at work’? Or if he’d been queuing for coffee on his way to a day of filming ( which we know he did in NZ) would this be okay?

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          • I don’t think there’s really an organized industry around this in NZ, even if there was some interest from photographers at the beginning of filming, whereas there really is such an economics developed around West Coast US celebs. I don’t think the situations are all that comparable, though. I would agree that if he were regularly staked out at a coffee shop by a horde of autograph merchants, I’d be willing to criticize that. The thing is that that didn’t happen in London, either, i.e., he regularly got coffee and wasn’t approached by autograph merchants in that space, presumably because it wasn’t that predictable.

            However, I’d say, if you’re a celebrity attending an international film festival for a film you’re in where the program’s been announced for two weeks, along with dozens of other celebrities, this is something you should expect to have happen to you (as it happens to those other celebrities as well). I also think it has something to do with the type of film, i.e., there is a particular niche market for items relating to people in genre film like The Hobbit. In that sense I see it as a negative externality of the job. I’ve had two jobs where I was always being recognized in public by someone who would want to have a conversation or reminisce or ask me a question or something. I didn’t enjoy it but there was no way to prevent it. But if you asked me, would you rather sign autographs for ten minutes in a situation where you have to wait anyway, or would you rather sell your picture with fans in an organized line, if I didn’t need the money, I would definitely pick signing the autographs.

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  11. How can he stand this? It gave me claustrophobia just watching. I’m amazed how patient he is and how he remains so polite and manerly.

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