The Man, the Myth, the Letdown
Who is your hero?
You may have heard the old adage, “Never meet your heroes,” but what does it really mean? Though the message is simple, the reasoning behind it might be confusing, especially for people who love and adore their seemingly perfect and untouchable idols.
Put simply, there are the perfect ideas we have of our heroes, and then there is the reality. No one can tarnish our dreams if we don’t know anything about the reality of these stars, whether they’re actors, athletes, humanitarians, or just everyday people.
But the second we meet them… all of our dreams can come crashing down. Most of the time, our heroes are not the people we want them to be, but rather they’re quite human, just like the rest of us. And none of us is perfect.
Still don’t believe that meeting your idol is a bad thing? These people met their heroes and were very disappointed with what they found. These are their stories.
Aquaman owes me a beer
I was dying to meet Jason Momoa and I finally got the chance to at an after party for a indie movie he was in. It was at a small venue in LA with some bands playing.
Jason walked in and few people started talking to him; once they passed I bought a beer and approached him. I gave him the beer and asked how his night was. He was kinda drunk already from the look of it, but he pounded the beer without saying anything. I wasn’t too sure what to think so I got more to the point and asked if it would be cool to get a pic. He leaned into my face and said, “Tonight isn’t about that. Tonight is about me.” and walked away.
Not even 5 minutes later he was taking pics with some other people across the venue and signing some autographs.
Aquaman owes me a beer damn it. (Im_inappropriate)
Suck and Tuck
Bill Murray told me to “suck in that gut” when I was 8 (cassidybiftd)
In January 2002, I was invited as a guest to a 101st Airborne reunion as I was writing my masters thesis on the correct way to implement television and movie content in the classroom and I’d chosen the HBO Band of Brothers series as an example for a typical high school American History class.
One of my sources was a local man who I’d met through the local war museum and he invited me to come with him to the reunion. “Wild” Bill Guarnere and Edward “Babe” Heffron BOTH happened to attend. I rushed back to the hotel and got my copy of their book Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends.
I stood near their table for several minutes, waiting for a break in the conversation, then spoke up. I introduced myself, why I was there, and asked if I could get them to sign my copy of their book.
Bill Guarnere was not pleased to be bothered by a fan and got very mad at me, telling me to “f*ck off”. I was super-disappointed and apologized.
Two weeks later, I received a new signed copy of their book along with a signed copy of Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose. Included was a letter from Ambrose (but signed by the two veterans as well) explaining that Bill and the other members of Easy Company were not in good moods that day because many of them had just found out that Carwood Lipton had passed away less than a month ago. They apologized and thanked me for being understanding
This gesture from Ambrose and the two men has become more and more meaningful over the years as they have all since passed, Ambrose died less than year after the incident. (DarthVeX)