Imagine having the opportunity to meet Jennifer Aniston. Now, imagine not even realising that you had already seized that opportunity.
It happened to this guy, Reddit user m3ch3ngin33r, who shared a tale of a time when he accidentally stumbled onto a film shoot in a casino and ended up ruining Aniston's take. What a ride.
I had plans to meet up with some friends in Atlantic City for the weekend. I got a late start, so they were already gambling somewhere in the Taj Mahal. I had been there once before, but didn't really remember the layout, except for a long escalator that led down to the casino from the lobby.
I parked my car and walked quickly from the parking deck to the lobby. On my way to the lobby, there was a crowd of people gathered behind a security guard who was holding some caution tape across the hallway. He let a bunch of people in and, of course, I squeezed through as he was closing it off.
My dude, running through caution tape is never a great idea.
That is where things went sideways. I saw a film camera in the lobby, and thought, "huh, they must be filming a commercial for the casino or something.. wonder if I'll be in it?" But before I could finish that thought, everyone around me in the entire lobby froze in position. A second later, someone yells, "ACTION!"
I start walking alongside a person who was next to me, and ask him quietly, "I'm not supposed to be here, am I?" He immediately shook his head no.
So, I see the escalator to the casino about 20 feet away.. and two 'extras' are about to get on it. I think to myself, "if I can just get on that, it would be my escape from ruining whatever they're doing in the lobby."
The instinct here is understandable, but did he check for cameras? No, he didn't take two freaking seconds to look at who was being filmed. He deserves everything that happens next.
I make a move, get on the escalator, and start taking a few steps down. SUCCESS! I didn't screw anything up!
After a few more steps, I catch up to those two people who got on the escalator before me. And they're blocking the full width, and NOT WALKING! I mean, come on!
Only at this point, do I see the boom microphone, the camera panning down with them, and the crowd of 150 spectators at the bottom of the escalator. Then someone yells "CUT!", and the two people in front of me turn around.
You already know Jennifer Aniston was one of them, right? Get ready for the other one.
Turns out those two jerks blocking the escalator were Jennnifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, and I completely blew up their scene. There was nothing I could do.. I just said, "Uh, I'm sorry." I figured there was no point in explaining my series of bad decisions. Butler laughed, and we completed the rest of the very long escalator ride in awkward silence.
Even better, he had no idea what the movie was. Reddit immediately solved the puzzle: It was The Bounty Hunter (we hadn't heard of it, either).
But wait, there's more! There's actually video footage of them filming that very scene.
The poor guy denies being the man in the suit, but it's easy to imagine just how awkward this whole thing would have been.
Still, a story for the grandkids, eh?