This past January, Tara and I enjoyed our 3rd Sundance Film Festival. We saw three films this year, one of which, Madrid 1987, was at the small, intimate theater at the Sundance Resort. The journey up to the resort on that Saturday afternoon was exciting enough–Utah was finally getting hammered with a snowstorm and chains were required for the final few miles–but I was interested to try out our new chains anyway, so we chained up and made it to the resort without issue.
We took our seats in the theater with about 20 minutes to spare. In an effort to look artsy for Sundance, I was wearing my fedora. Presently, the couple next to us pulled out a camera and asked the people sitting in front of them to take a picture for them. This picture taking continued for a surprisingly long time with multiple people being given the camera for different angles, each of which seeming to have me in them. I even turned to Tara and said: “Why are these people taking so many pictures of a dark movie theater? I’m in like all of these pictures!”.
Eventually the photography subsided, and it wasn’t long before the guy was turning to me, and, as politely as he could muster: “Excuse me sir. Sorry to bother you, but are you on SNL?” I was floored. Never in my life had I been mistaken for a celebrity. I laughed and told him no. He asked me if I am an actor, and I told him I’m just an engineer. He then tried to recall the name of the celebrity whom they thought I was. The couple in front of them chimed in, admitting that they too had thought I was Andy Sandberg.
Can’t quite figure that one out. I can only guess that it was the fedora, and the fact that people are typically on high alert for celebrity sitings at the film festival. Below are pictures of how I appeared on that snowy day and one of the more nerdy photos of Sandberg I could find. I attempted to imitate his expression.
I think those people were on crack. I’m no celebrity look-alike. Although I do sometimes do my “Justin Bieber” to seduce Tara.
That’s a joke, Fox News!!
I must admit, this is the most costume changes I’ve ever done for a post. Awkward…
Oh yeah, the movie was great!