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PostSubject: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:37 am

Here it is, folks. Wink Click on the link to see the accompanying pictures:
http://www.phillychitchat.com/2009/04/law-abiding-citizen-it-wrap-gerard.html

Tuesday, April 14, 2009
LAW ABIDING CITIZEN - IT'S A WRAP; GERARD BUTLER & JAMIE FOXX STORIES

This blog entry is a journey of the places, stories I heard and some of the snippets of the fan letters I received while Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler were in Philly during the filming of Law Abiding Citizen; I also want to say that I was really impressed by Gerard's fan following as I received over a hundred emails from his fans asking me to give him a messages from him. Hopefully this blog will answer the questions I have been getting over the past few months "Where did Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx hang out while they were in Philadelphia?"

Law Abiding Citizen has wrapped and is in the post-production stage before it premieres in March 2010. Rumor has it that the producers would like it to premiere in Philadelphia, which goes to show that they truly appreciated the hospitality they received here.

Jamie Foxx slipped into town on Jan 1, after attending the Wired 96.5 LudiChristmas (Ludacris) Concert at Electric Factory, he went to dinner at Miss Tootsies on South Street for some good old fashion Soul Food. I attended Sabrina Tamburino's 29th Birthday party at Table 31; it was there that several guests told me that Jamie Foxx would be going to G Lounge after dinner. Sabrina's after party was also going to be held at the G Lounge. They said I could get that "First" shot that I always strive for of each celebrity that comes through our City. I was a wuss and went home to bed instead, it was 1AM and well I screwed up. But as karma would have it I got a shot of Jamie the next day as he left Parc restaurant on Rittenhouse Square.

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Dan Gross' PhillyGossip.com Column

"Monday, January 12, 2009
Jamie Foxx lunching at Parc
Jamie Foxx is lunching now on mussels at Stephen Starr's Parc on Rittenhouse Square where he also ate this weekend. The Oscar-winning actor is in town getting ready to start shooting "Law Abiding Citizen," in which he plays a district attorney. His lunch companion is the film's director F. Gary Gray. 12:41PM"

At first I thought I'd have company, but then I remembered I was in Philly, and it was just me standing there across the street. I saw Jamie and a group come out of the restaurant, and anticipated them going in the opposite direction that they did. I hurried across the street, placed myself about 20 feet infront of him and began asking for a photo. No response, but he gently pushed his assistant to the right side of him and I got a clear shot, taking about 5 shots. Then I walked off in the other direction.

A few days later someone tipped me off that Gerard Butler was eating at Del Frisco's. I had no idea who he was so I looked him up online. One of the articles stated that in December he beat up a photographer that took a photo of him leaving a bar. Since it was a late Thursday night, raining lightly, and Gerard seems to have a temper, I passed.

Other friends, Arthur Kade and G-N Kang were there that night too and got this shot and put it on their facebook page. Never saw him before. Although I shoot movie premieres in NYC, I rarely see the movies. (Darn he looks like a nice guy)

Over the next few days I was able to get a few photos of the filming, and by the end of the week I attended a press conference at City Hall to welcome the cast to Philadelphia. It was there that I saw the two stars of the movie: Jamie Foxx & Gerard Butler. I immediately was taken by Gerard as he said that the Liberty Bell was his Oscar until he got an Oscar. Plus he had all the City Hall employees swooning, but it would turned out not to be workers. In fact Dan Gross mentions in his column how he drove the ladies crazy at the press conference.

At the time I took this shot I didn't realize how ironic it was to have King Leonidas standing next to the beautiful Honduran wood statue with abs in the Mayor's Reception Room. I now know why Butler has that look on his face as I would learn that a bunch of his fans crashed the press conference and were sitting in the front row and were rather vocal (kinda embarassing for him as he was getting cat calls in the middle of the press conference). One of the stories I would hear that took place at this meeting was about a women in her 60's who told Gerry that she had traveled to LA for three of his premieres for a birthday hug, but she had never gotten close enough. Now she was 64 and wanted to collect. He was happy to obliged, but that would not be there only encounter. I would later learn that Gerry's fangirls would travel far to get a glimpse of him, although many would want more than that. I should have known that Gerry was going to be a handful as I received my first email from one of his fans early on as she wanted to have something waiting for him at his hotel when he arrived.

I didn't have a clue, at that time, to where he was staying, but there was no way I would ever give that info out even if I did know, but I suggested she send the item to one of the 5 luxury hotels and perhaps to the film office. She didn't want to and instead told me she would travel from Ohio over the course of the filming to deliver the item. Of course it made me nervous, but with the territory of celebrity unfortunately comes this adoration, and most celebrities have security in place, and in 90% of the cases fans do not cross the line. (I was a little surprised that Gerard wore a dirty shirt to the press conference)

The fan sites took notice, and I started getting a lot of hits, and who doesn't like people reading your stuff daily, by the thousands (Someone wrote me...Although touted as "officially unofficial," Gerry's manager and partner, Alan Siegel, communicates with Gerry's fanbase almost exclusively through .Net. Of course, this "annoys" most GALS simply because they'd hoped Gerry's personal appearance at the 06 Convention would give them some "cred" with his "people." The translates into hard core "Tarts" having an certain air about them -- that is to say that if it doesn't come from .Net, it's not valid. Whereas GALS is more "We're Gerry fans, but don't believe they're the only ones." )

Especially in other countries. Now I know how my name is spelled in Japanese. So I found my niche, I would try my best to find out what was happening in Gerry's life daily. He likes to be called Gerry I later found out from my friend Aly, who became friends with both Gerry and Tim, Gerry's body and stunt double.

That Saturday Gerard Butler went to G Lounge. He was denied entry, the doorman didn't know who the heck he was. My friend Aly was there and is always on the list. She told the bouncers who he was, and then said he was her guest. She brought him in. After that he didn't have anymore problems at the door.

There are no photos of Gerard as I would later learn he didn't like his photo taken while he was in his "element", so I never bothered going to G Lounge to see them, but I did collect the stories. After a few weekends, he and Jamie went their separate ways. Gerry hung out at G Lounge and Jamie made the rounds, mostly going to Denim, Miss Tootsie's or Pearl Nightclub. Around this time I started receiving emails from fans who would come into town from around the states, Kentucky, Maine, Vermont, asking me what they should wear when they went to G Lounge or how much it would cost for them to eat at Del Frisco's. Now I was not advising any of these folks to come into town, but they did and all in the search of Gerry. I was both impressed by their mobilization, and surprised by their motivation.
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:38 am

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A Gerard fan wrote: I freely admit that Gerry is simply eye-candy for me. (This is through no fault of his own. He's simply the product of genetic lightning. He flips my visual trigger -- plain and simple. He's got the best on-screen kiss that I've ever had the pleasure of using to get my motor running. His Scottish accent (which has been horribly diluted by all the dialogue coaches) provides a good ear-fecking, too.) Unlike most Tarts, I'm not up to dissecting the "beauty of his poor, tormented soul." I don't want to date him. I don't want to marry him. I don't fastasize about meeting him one day and having him suddenly realize I'm his soul mate... blah, blah, blah.

One particular weekend I did hear that Lance Bass and a few folks from Dancing with the Stars would be in town, so I stopped by and got this shot with him and Cheryl Burke. I had hoped to see Gerry, but it turned out that he was out of town.

LAC took a 2 week break for the Oscar. I went to NYC to cover Fashion Week. I was able to get a few questions in to Gerard as none of the celebrity photographers recognized him at first, although his fan girls screamed with delight. None of the questions were earth shattering, just if he like Philly or not. I forgot to ask my regular questions as the fan girls were trying to interject themselves into the conversation.

After the Justin Timberlake fashion show, Gerry left with this nice lady. (Who he was just photographed over the 4/11 weekend with in NYC) I had no idea who Gerry was or that he had a huge reputation as a ladies man, but here in Philly I did hear that he was "dating" a lot of women. He's favorite place to go with these women was Del Frisco's. My friends went to Del Frisco's too. One night (3/17/09) I was tipped off that he was at the Waterworks restaurant, which is right across the street from me. I went over, but it was very dark. I thought to myself, how would I feel coming out into the parking lot and having someone snap my pictures. I decided that it wouldn't be polite. I think if it was downtown I would feel differently. He later called one of my friends for a good place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. She told him he should just stick to Rouge or Parc as it was late and the crowds would be rowdy. Now that I would have been able to shoot more easily.

He usually went out clubbing alone, but rarely left alone: I saw Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx inside the Vault at G on Saturday night. they stayed open late back there. i talked to Gerard and mentioned you and you two spoke in NYC! He doesn't recall you from last week, but remembered my friend Hope Co***, they were on a boat together some time ago in Capri, Italy. (A few weeks later this same friend was at Rouge, which was Gerry's hangout on Sunday's. Gerry stopped by her table and they talked. She told him Hope said hi. He wanted to call her, but she said that hope was away that weekend and unreachable) This was also the day that Gerry tried to butt in front of one of my gal friends who was in line for the bathroom. Gerry told her he needed to do check his teeth. She asked if he wanted floss and he told her that he would use his credit card, it did the best job. When Gerry went to Rouge he often sat in the window unbothered. Although one time a girl did get up, greet him and break into song. Gerry was very nice about it, but my friend Renee turned around and told the girl this was not a Karaoke bar and to take it outside. Gerry told the girl that her singing was very nice and gladly accepted her business card.

Rouge is on lovely Rittenhouse Square, the tony section of Philadelphia. Many of the A - list people hang out the restaurants along 18th Street and enjoy the view of the park. On the other side of the park are the luxury hotels and apartment and condo buildings. Recently someone told me of a women that was walking home from the local grocery store. She lived in one of the more expensive buildings with a doorman and car service. As she was reaching nearing her building her grocery bag broke. A man came up behind her and asked if she needed help. He assisted her the rest of the way to where the doorman was able to grab the bags for her. As she turned to thank the man she mentioned to him that he looked familiar. He said his name and that he was filming a movie in town with Jamie Foxx. He invited himself up, and she turned him down.

A few days later the women was sitting outside of a coffee house Rittenhouse Square, when a black SUV pulled up. The window rolled down and Gerry said hello. He invited himself to join them, she turned him down. (She wasn't even his type, she was blond)

Once I heard about Gerry going into the coffee shop, with one of my friends, and many of the patrons took out their cell phones and took photos of him. Sometimes they would ask Gerry to pose with them, and he did, but after awhile he just asked them if they would respect his privacy. (I guess this is why he went to Rouge, Parc and some of the other more expensive places to hide from his celebrities. That's why I like to wait outside an establishment to get my photos. I remember a couple times friends tipped me off to him being at a couple of those places telling me I should come inside and get a photo, but I just wouldn't feel right doing that)

It was around this time that the emails from Gerry's fans increased. It was like Whoppi Goldberg in Ghost, the spirits were coming out of the woodwork. They were always very nice, but I know they weren't just writing for pleasantries, they wanted info, any shred of info, and sometimes with those little emails it did jog my memory of something. One girl wrote me every single day, until I wrote about that Strongbox appearance. Then she stopped. Then for me to find out later that he had a randy reputation irritated me that I was attacked over what I wrote. It was like the time I called Clay Aiken gay, and his followers went into a bee sting frenzy.

Well this was the night that I met the majority of the Gerry Gals. When I went over to City Hall to see the filming I met about a dozen fans, mostly women. Some traveled as far as South America. They were all linked together through the fan pages. The funniest thing was each was swore they were just a minor fan and not a crazy one. One even took issue with me as I had written a piece on my blog about a Nightline episode where they listed the levels of fans before they became stalkers. She insisted she was none of them, but by the end of the night she had told me she had given Gerry jewelery (Level 2) Gerry didn't want the 50yr old piece that her mother had made, but the women said she would just throw it out unless he took it as it had no meaning to her, unless he took it, and finally revealed that she had carried a letter around to give to him for the past 18 months (Level 1), and by the end of the night she was expressing love to him. (It wasn't that she possessed all these symptons that disturbed me, it was that in the first seconds of meeting her she admonished me for accusing fans of having the stalker symptons.)

Although most of the fan letters were harmless sometimes I worried about the state of their reality. One fan wrote:
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Hi Hugh, Do you think that asking Gerry to have a fan meeting with all the girls that have been trying to catch him but have had no luck. I know its a little crazy to think he would , but you never know until you ask. It could be very organized, perhaps at Mayor Nutters reception hall, What do you think? Should I try to ask the Mayor himself? I know I sound a bit dasperate but he will be leaving soon and I have spent a lot of time and money running around city hall. (I withheld the name)

She did ask me if they were filming all week at City Hall, and I felt mercy for her and told her yes, especially since many of the fans I had talked to said the info was on the various message boards.

Unfortunately, she doesn't like to drive at night as her vision wasn't as good as when she was younger, and none of her friends would go with her downtown. So she didn't get to see Gerry. (Someone told me about this definition: Gerard Addicted Lust Syndrome or "GALS.")

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Ok Hugh! You have the connections and have to help me out!!!! I am trying to "bump" into Gerard while he is in philly and I have been all over the pes that are known where they are shooting, both prisons, and City Hall. Unfortunately, it is normally on the weekends when he is elsewhere. I did manage to get a glimpse of Jamie Foxx but nothing else.

I spent Valentine's weekend in Philly, I stayed at the Warrick Radisson (heard he stayed there), ate at Del Frisco's and drove around to the shooting locations. Of course he was in NYC but that’s how it goes.
I know you can't tell me where he is staying at while in Philly but can I get a clue or hint. I also know you are probably getting several emails asking the same question so I understand if you don't respond. Like I said I want to "bump" into him not stalk him, I just need a starting point lol. Hugs, (Name Withheld by me)

Another email:
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Three years ago, I had a wonderful and very unexpected thing happen to me. I met Gerard Butler. He's truly what they say...a kind and, may I add, very handsome man. I was in Vancouver with about 30 other 'Tarts' (a term given Gerry lovers) to support a little known movie he filmed just before Phantom
was released. It was Beowulf & Grendel and it was very good. It was opening in Canada on March 10th. Along with 2 other ladies, we drove looooong hours to get there. We had to see the later showing that night. Actually, I had seen the movie the previous October at the Vancouver Film Festival.

The next day, we had planned a get-together with the other Tarts to have lunch and a raffle of 'Gerry Items' which included posters, homemade pillows with pics of Phantom and Beowulf on them. There were drawings to
give away too. I did one of Gerry. I even created a ticket box for the raffle that had scenes from Gerry's movies all over it. That morning before the lunch and raffle, my two friends left the hotel room while I was
in the shower. When I got out, my phone rang. Rachel said, "R we found Gerry". I thought it was a joke and kept saying I didn't believe her. So, they came back to the room and told me what happened.... I'm an artist (I try) and an 'okay' musician who has seen "The Phantom of the Opera" on stage 5 times. Ever since I first heard that music, I thought it was the most beautiful I'ld ever heard. But, when I found out a movie was being made, I thought it would be ruined. I felt it could only be seen on a live stage. Boy was I wrong! I was curious and hadn't seen it for awhile so I went in January of 2005. I had never heard of this actor before, but he did a beautiful job and his voice gave the character more angst and feeling. So, I went home and wanted to know who he was and what he'ld done before. I found gerardbutler.net and looked up his resume. OMG! I felt like an idiot. I had seen Dracula 2000, Attila, Reign of Fire and Timeline. I didn't remember him because he was behind a beard in most of them (or the long hair). What drew me to him was his beautiful performance of my favorite character...The Phantom. Now, I don't know if I can watch the stage production again without wishing it were Gerry.

(A friend wrote me this about Gerry)

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Honestly I am not dating him… I met him a month ago and we had a blast hanging out. He tried coming home with me but I told him that I’m that girl but that he would always have a friend in Philly. So that is why he probably feels comfortable with me. These girls that jump into bed with them are one and done!

Trust me I was tempted but I would rather be friends with them then a one night stand.
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:38 am

At some point Gerry_Butler contacted me. He said that he was a she and knew I would run into Gerry at the party I was hinting that I was going to attend. She wanted me to offer the site to Gerry as she was receiving many, many emails from his fans. She felt terrible about it and realized it got out of hand. I asked about Demi Moore contacting her, what happened with that. She said she never answered Demi and then Demi unfriended her. She said if it was a negative or if she didn't hear from me she would close the site in a weeks time. I think the power of Gerry went to her head and after a brief period of being dormant she came back in full force.

Yesterday she was finally shut down, but it looks like she came back as "FakeGerryButler" and the same girls that worked to shut her down, have embraced her. Maybe they missed "Gerry_Butler", at least that created a central figure to represent Gerry and create a dialog.

I don't think it was someone on IMDB, I think it is a fan, and it's not someone that normally talks to DonnaKat as more than once the person wrote to say that DonnaKat was hot on her trail to expose her.

2009/3/25 Gerard Butler via Twitter to me
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Hi, I was out of town for a week. So he was a jerk? Wow. May I ask what he said to you? I'll shut down of course. I don't want to get sued.

Gerard Butler / Gerry_Butler--
follow me at http://twitter.com/Gerry_Butler
reply on the web at http://twitter.com/direct_messages/create/Gerry_Butler

At Strongbox: I asked Tim about Twitter, he said Gerry doesn't have time to go online. I asked about the fans and what Gerry thought of them. He said Gerry appreciates their dedication, but wishes they didn't go to such lengths to see him and wouldn't show up at the film set. At one point the 2 crew workers who were there, turned on me when I told them about my blog, and showed them a few of the letters I had received (on my BB) from the fans. Well they were none too happy thinking I was the one giving all these gals the info. I tried to explain the elaborate websites and networking these women participate in. It's impressive and scary, but there was no convincing this crew and my time in the VIP room was cut short as they further stated how the gals slowed down the production. Even though I told them they were 5 days ahead of schedule. They went on to say that an actor is in character and if there are screaming, women within 50 feet waving signs and flashing photos, that could ruin his concentration. And right after that is when Gerard Butler came in and told me about his "element" and I respected that, but as a blogger it's my right to write about what I observed ie see the Strongbox Opening entry. It was not Kristi with him at Strongbox. It was someone that he knew for a longer basis than just that night, but he wasn't with her that night, they are friends. I saw what I saw, but as far as that incidence goes it was an observation and speculation. I still am irritated that the fanbots got so personal with me, when all anyone, including me, needs to do is do a search on "Gerard Butler and girlfriends" to find out that he is a randy guy. It wasn't something I made up. But it did give you all, especially the IMDB folks hours to obsess about - LOL

In February I did find out where Gerard & Jamie were staying. I had interviewed a young actor from a play that had a run in Philly. The kid told me he was so excited because Jamie Foxx was staying down the hall from him. I was like where are you staying? I never photographed them at their hotel, because as time went on I must have received more than a dozen requests from fan girls to the location of the hotel. Most of them just said we want to drop something off.

With this view of Rittenhouse Square Park. On the last day Gerry was in town, he spent a part of it with my friend Aly. She told me that Gerry enjoyed Philadelphia and was going to London on Saturday for an awards show. He took out his phone and also showed her a few of the photos that he had taken on set. Unfortunately I now know the end of the movie, which I won't be sharing with you. The other photo was of Gerry nude with just a sock on. It wasn't shocking to Aly that he would show her this as she knows many of his war stories, Gerry is a ladies man, and he considered Aly his friend, although it still is odd he would show her those photos. Also on this day, the women from South America and the older lady from NJ "ran" into him too; I doubt he showed them these photos. Scary how many times Gerry had to deal with this "stalking" behavior.

Many of you may be aware of the Jamie Foxx incident that occured there. Steven Taliver, 49, pretended to be one of Beyonce's producers to get in to see Jamie. After the actor realized he didn't know the man, Jamie pushed him out of his Philadelphia hotel room and slammed the door. The man was arrested earlier this week when Jamie's security team noticed the creep lurking near the set of Jamie's new movie, Law Abiding Citizen, and called the police.

My Theory is: The man was homeless and probably lived on the corner. No doubt Jamie gave him a nice chunk of change, as I heard he was very generous. The man probably wanted a few bucks again and created his new ID and presented it to the desk clerk, who called up to Jamie. Jamie probably ok'd the visitor and as soon as he opened the door recognized the homeless guy and pushed him out. Thankfully the man was dumb enough to return to the scene and Jamie's security guys collared him. Jamie seemed none to worried and the story didn't even come out til his last day in the City, as he gave a shout out to the Mayor and the citizen for their hospitality. It was interesting to how TMZ broke the story, how did they get it?Did you notice I didn't put my watermark on some of the Gerry photos. For the most part the Gerry fan appreciation was great and I just wanted you to have a few unvarnished photos. For the rest of you, try and get outside once in awhile, this gerry obsession is taking over your life. I do think it's fine and fun to travel to the premiere's, conventions and to the Cities where your celebrity filmed his last movie, maybe even visiting the set once, but don't get confused with a celebrities politeness and turn it into something else. He's not your friend, and he probably is a little scared of you too, but what is he going to do yell at you so you could go back to the boards and report it. Finally, a few of the fans did find out where he was staying and would wait at his hotel just to "bump" into him. If you paid a couple hundred to fly here, wouldn't you go to any length to "bump" into him.

On the last day Gerry was here, he ran to Boyd's to buy a few parting gifts for the crew, and for his friends back home he said.
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:33 pm

I'm not going to quote this whole thing--but, is that Hugh saying LAC was 5 days ahead of schedule?? And where were these screeming women with signs?? Gerry told us they were 2 weeks behind because of the cold weather. And he never seemed displeased to see the fans. ummmm- I'm thinking as always the truth of what he is saying is somewhere in the middle.

And actually there was a security guard named Steve I believe who was giving my friend and others info as to where they would be shooting and when.
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:55 pm

Wow...now if someone wanted to write a story about G's fandom, that's the guy to do it...
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:59 pm

Hugh....you are a visionary.

I enjoyed reading your blog tremendously.

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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:35 pm

You were absolutely correct to be anticipating this, DK. This is SOME story.

Some, I emphasize some, of the fan behaviour may have been 'amateurish' or 'low-key' compared to what may come if a line is not drawn very, very soon. GB needs some distance ... and fast.

I hope Hugh now feels more vindicated and, even though I didn't follow many of his blog entries, I wish him well.
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:44 pm

A lot of this stuff is quite contrary to what fans believe...oh well...

I wonder who really are the crazies, and who aren't?
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:27 pm

Well all I can say is this...

I don't understand treading where you're not wanted. Call it an overinflated ego on my part, but I never want to go anywhere that I'm not wanted. I don't care who or what is involved. I was raised to never overstay your welcome or go where you're not welcome and/or invited. It has probably limited me from having certain "encounters" or caused me to miss out on some things...but at least I know I didn't overstep my bounds.

I'm not judging anyone who met G in Philly...even the ones who had multiple encounters, because it's not my place to do so. I only speak for me when I say I get pretty sensitive and paranoid when I hear stories such as these. I will say this, though...if there was a 'problem' with the fan encounters, why didn't they lay down the rules when the shooting was taking place? I mean, why wait until now to say anything? The movie is finished, and everyone has gone their separate ways.

I still say there's nothing wrong with going to visit a set, provided you abide by the rules and don't cause a disturbance. Crash a set uninvited, expect to face the consequences. But as long as you're not being run off, then so be it. However....common sense should state that you don't catcall and make a disturbance while shooting and press conferences are taking place. Keep your mouth closed and be polite and considerate...that's all I'm saying.

But needless to say, it's the bad behavior of a few that have ruined it for the other 95% of us. It's because of that 5% that I'm now paranoid to even try to go anywhere Gerry is making a public appearance...and that's sad. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:34 pm

Dk, you said it better than I could have ever written. That's exactly what my thoughts and fears are. I hesitate to even call myself a fan because it seems like GB fans are now considered crazy and obsessed. I would love to change that perception, but I can't change anything. Maybe that's why I'm so anti-usual-fandom-like these days. Not willing to be proprietary about anything, not willing to be judgemental regarding his actions. I just hate to give any appearance that I would be associated with any of that.
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:36 am

"This is the 6th floor room that Gerard stayed in. (I took these photos last year while I was on a tour at the AKA Hotel) Over the course of the 3 months, I had over 5 women want to give GB their screenplays. 2 of them sent them to me, and I found myself getting caught up in the Gerry stalking just so I could make these fans happy, and maybe to improve their lives or something."

HAHAHA, IT WAS YOU HELENA!! You tried to give Gerry your screenplay. Very Happy afro
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:31 am

I doubt it was Helena. She's going about it the professional way, and has gotten an agent for her work. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:59 am

I think Remi was joking Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:15 am

hahaha
don't give me ideas!!
But seriously, DK is right.
I am going about it professionally.
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:25 am

Wow. Nice wrap-up, Hughe. You really had a time of it. And, DK, I agree whole-heartedly with your post. It IS a shame that GB fans will be looked at in a negative light, by some.

And I never knew that GALS actually stood for Gerard's Addicted Lust Syndrome, or something like that!

And may I say that it does upset me that GB fans are looked upon as fat older ladies with nothing to do with their time. And why is "fat" always in the equation?

And, DK, I was so proud to read your comment about the members on your site. I could've "busted my buttons".(and not because I'm fat!) Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:02 pm

Well, I guess I'm obsessed.

I spend an inordinate amount of my free time on two of his fansites.
I'm flying out to L.A. for one of his premieres.
I flew out to San Fran two years ago for his appearance at WonderCon. Although I have siblings that live in that area, my main focus was to see him.

On the flip side, I could NEVER ask him for a picture with me....I'm not even sure about an autograph, either. I would faint. Seriously.

I could NEVER shout or scream his name in a professional setting. As a matter of fact, there were a few catcalls and shrieks at WonderCon when he walked out, and all I could do was smile.

I sat politely in the back of the auditorium and just listened to the panel. I did roll my eyes at a couple of the people asking those INANE questions, but after it was over, I left.

IF there was an autograph session planned, I may have hung around and gladly waited in a line miles long.

There's a line that shouldn't be crossed. It's not in me to ask for a kiss or a hug from ANY man I don't know. Even the ones I KNOW, for that matter.

HOWEVER....if G was approaching in my direction ....and some idiot was elbowing me or screaming in my ear to get out of her way....that betch would be trounced on the pavement. That's just the way I am.
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:20 pm

lol...I don't see anything wrong with those situations. Your situations are public appearances. We're supposed to be there.
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:30 pm

You sound like me, Leo.

I don't understand why people think it's abnormal to go see a celeb doing a public appearance. After all, isn't that what public appearances are for?

I have never intruded upon an actor's personal time and space. I have never stalked an actor by trying to find out what hotel he/she is staying in, nor have I ever even visited a set. I have, however, flown across the country and even into Canada to attend sci fi conventions, charity events, and film festivals. That's what they're for, and as long as I have the money and means to do them I'll keep doing it. Some people go on vacations to go fishing, or to ski, or to gamble. This is what I do, and if that labels me as an obsessive "fan", then so be it.

Oh, and yes I have attended one premiere. I'm not sure if I would have flown to LA simply for the premiere, but I happened to be in LA anyway, so why the hell not? Someone on IMDB blasted me for attending the NIMS premiere instead of the last day of CUT, which I thought was ridiculous. I gave my money to the charity, and they benefitted from it. It's my business where I spend my time and money.

ETA: And I know you're only joking, Remi. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:42 pm

And might I add, this whole 'fat middle aged housewife' stereotype is getting old. Look at my picture...do I look like a fat middle aged housewife?

These haters wish they could look as good as I do. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:43 pm

I would agree.

On another note....didn't that fan you knew in Canada approach G in the hotel while he was to sit down for a meal? Or am I wrong?

If I were in the same restaraunt or bar, and he was at a table with friends, I couldn't....WOULDN'T invade his personal time like that. In all honesty, I wouldn't even look at him, except initially. LOL!

But that's just me.

And reading about that fan peppering Hugh with e mails....and I believe...phone calls? Then ignoring him when he wouldn't answer her....classic case of passive agressive behavior! A psychology student would have a field day with these stories.
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:24 pm

I really think the majority of fans *do* respect his privacy and what-not. He's got tons of them! It's too bad that a few make us look all the same.

As for the public event thing, that's why it's called "public event".
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:26 pm

DonnaKat wrote:
These haters wish they could look as good as I do. Razz

I wish I did...lol!

Donna, haters are afraid that you look good and they don't...and you're suddenly competition, to something that doesn't even really exists...except in their own minds.

As for old fat housewives...honey, Gerry's going to be 40 this year, he ain't no spring chicken.

If we REALLY went by Hollywood standards, Gerry's not youthful looking at all.

Sorry G. You're not.

But I doubt real people out in the real world want that.
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:33 pm

Alice, you're beautiful.

And my comment was kinda tongue in cheek. Kinda. :p
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PostSubject: Re: Hughe's Philly Wrap Up Blog   Thu Apr 16, 2009 7:59 pm

eh, I'm the kind that people have to find inner beauty...lol! Like that Britain's got talent lady...but I'm not that good...lol!

I also believe that you are a reflection of those who influence you; who you keep in your circle, hence I am beautiful because of the beautiful people around me, even virtual friends.
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